Laptops for Rwanda Health Care students

Issued: Tue, 12 Jan 2016 07:51:00 GMT

Got a new laptop for Christmas? We can give your old laptop a new life and a happy home!

Image of a student in RwandaThanks to generous donations by staff and students we have already sent out thirty-four laptops. Students with disabilities and with no family support have especially benefitted. This has had a profound effect on their access to learning materials and engagement with their course.

How can I donate a laptop?

Hand your laptop (and power supply) to the janitors in the Wolfson medical school building reception desk, Mon to Fri 08:00 to 17:30. Our University IT colleagues will then securely wipe and re-format the hard drive. Please check that your laptop has none of the following: hardware problems, broken screen. Poor power connections or any other disabling problem.‌

Here is the experience of Aline: Quite simply, she is disabled and relies on a wheelchair and her friend Leonie for help. She can't access the computer lab or library. She could not manoeuvre her wheelchair over the rough terrain at Kibuye Campus. She can transfer from one surface to another independently but with real difficulty. She can't manage stairs - she needs help. Aline is among the students that were selected to receive a laptop from the ones donated so far.

Glasgow ARM (Advancement for Rwandan Medics) is a joint student-staff charity formed to support the work of University of Glasgow’s Professor Phil Cotton, recently appointed Vice-Chancellor of the University of Rwanda. The laptop appeal is one of a number of initiatives.


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