Sumo Group has partnered with Every Child Online to donate its pre-loved computers to children across the UK who do not currently have access to online learning at home.
The computers donated by Sumo will go directly to children and young people around the UK, both to schools with outdated tech and to children who don’t have access to a computer at home.
Every Child Online was established in 2020 in response to children being left offline when learning turned virtual during the pandemic. Since then, the organisation continues to work with a series of partners to donate pre-loved computers to schools, replacing existing outdated technology within classrooms around the UK.
Mike Tarbard, founder of Every Child Online, said: “Businesses like Sumo Group need to ensure their staff use the latest, most powerful computers to produce their globally recognised games and, like many companies throughout the UK, this computer equipment is usually refreshed for new equipment every three to four years.
“Companies have a choice, sell the equipment to a refurbishment/recycling business that will sell the equipment on, or donate it to Every Child Online, who refurbish it, then give it to schools for free. We’re so grateful that Sumo chose to donate its gear to get children learning!”
Stacey Smith, Head of IT Operations at Sumo Group, said: “We’re delighted to be partnering with Every Child Online to see our pre-loved technology get a new lease of life whilst helping to get young people access to online learning.
“We’re passionate about nurturing young talent and inspiring children to consider a career in the games industry, we’re very proud to be able to contribute to schools improving their IT education facilities!
The kit donated by Sumo has been used by its staff in making some of its award-winning games, including Sackboy: A Big Adventure, Hood: Outlaws & Legends and Snake Pass. All machines donated to Every Child Online have the drives removed, before receiving a full data wipe and an upgrade to the latest operating software and are then shipped out to young people across the county.
Further information about Every Child Online and the work they do to get children learning online is available here: https://everychildonline.co.uk/about-us/