The life and work of Alan Turing has left a rich legacy that continues to grow and develop.
As part of that legacy, the Turing Scheme works closely with The Turing Trust, a charity founded by Alan Turing’s family that refurbishes IT equipment to be donated to schools globally, making computers available to less privileged communities in sub-Saharan Africa and enabling volunteers in the UK to improve their own IT skills by preparing computers for use in schools.
Typically a donation of 20 PCs that The Turing Trust can then reuse in classrooms will enable 360 students to learn vital IT skills and offset six tonnes of CO2 emissions, which is the equivalent of planting 14 trees.
Great progress in Malawi
James Turing, the great nephew of Alan Turing and Founder and CEO of the Trust, explains: “It’s fantastic to see how Alan Turing’s legacy continues to inspire and now through a new global focus with the Turing Scheme.
“For myself I believe this really helps to highlight how the digital revolution has brought much of the world closer together, yet there is still much to be done to bring the benefits of the digital revolution to some of the world’s poorest communities.
“This is why The Turing Trust is focused on providing computers to schools. We have made great progress over the last few years in Malawi, increasing the proportion of schools with computers significantly.
“This has increased from just two percent in 2016 to 44 percent of schools in the Northern Region of Malawi by the end of 2020.
“I hope that by working with the Turing Scheme you might join us by considering whether you or your organisation might be able to donate your IT equipment.”
Donate your unwanted IT equipment
To support this important work, we would like to highlight how your organisation might be able to benefit by working with The Turing Trust and looking at your existing system for managing IT disposal.
The Turing Trust offers donors of IT equipment a free collection and accredited British HMG InfoSec Standard data destruction service. This can often save organisations costs incurred compared to their existing waste management service.
More importantly, by reusing your redundant IT equipment this can have a vital social and environmental impact.
The Trust welcomes any donations of computers and laptops which can run Windows 7, or Mac OS 10.5 Leopard, or above, such as:
• Desktop PCs
• Laptops with their chargers
• Tablets / iPads with their chargers
• Smartphones with their chargers
Computer Parts and Spares:
• Hard Drives
• Micro USB Chargers & Cables
• Monitors and Cables (VGA/HDMI)
• Keyboards & Mice
• Digital Cameras
• Power Cables
• Surge Protectors / Extension Leads
• Cat5e Cable (and above)
• Laptop Locks