Launching on International Literacy Day, the Connected Classroom will support child English literacy through world-leading software and reused Colt laptops
London, UK, 8 September 2021 – Colt Technology Services has today announced the launch of its first globally inclusive and connected Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme with Colt employees at its core – the Colt Connected Classroom.
In partnership with London-based social enterprise Night Zookeeper, the initiative sees Colt donate over 1000 used laptops across the world to children at risk of being left behind by a lack of technology.
Night Zookeeper’s charitable programme aims to address the digital divide and provide children with access to online creative writing games to improve their writing skills. The world-leading learning platform emphasises creativity and self-expression while teaching children core English skills.
Every child receiving a Colt laptop will gain a license to the Night Zookeeper platform and an invitation to join the Colt Connected Classroom, a private and safe virtual space where they are encouraged by professional tutors, Colt mentors and their peers to take up creative writing tasks and improve their literacy skills.
Night Zookeeper established links in Colt countries where it identified children in need of laptops. Colt employee volunteers will help distribute the laptops from today as part of a wider CSR event taking place across the business. Over two weeks, all Colt employees have been encouraged to take two paid days to volunteer in their local community. Colt is organising group activities, donating to local charities and running charity auctions alongside.
The partnership between Colt and Night Zookeeper will create a sustainable and enduring initiative that delivers ongoing value to Colt’s local communities, supporting children’s literacy through digital tools and the Colt Connected Classroom.
Gary Carr, Colt’s Chief Financial Officer, commented: “At Colt, we believe in the power of connectivity, and the Colt Connected Classroom is a real example of how connectivity can make a positive difference in the world. Working to support our local communities has always been a priority for Colt. With this initiative, we want to help make the world more connected, more sustainable and fairer for all.
“By donating and reusing old laptops, we’re also saving them from going to waste. That’s why, with the help of our partner, Night Zookeeper, we’re excited to be creating a sustainable programme that brings benefit to people and the planet.”
Colt strives to transform the way the world works through the power of connectivity – taking what’s always been in its DNA to enable customers’ success. The Colt IQ Network connects more than 900+ data centres and over 29,000 on net buildings across Europe, Asia and North America’s largest business hubs.
Colt understands today’s shifting connectivity requirements and provides agile, on-demand and secure high bandwidth networking and voice solutions to ensure enterprises can thrive. Customers include data-intensive organisations spanning over 210 cities in more than 30 countries. Colt is a recognised innovator and pioneer in Software Defined Networks (SDN) and Network Function Virtualisation (NFV). Privately owned, Colt is one of the most financially sound companies in the sector, and because of this, it’s able to put its customers’ needs at its core. For more information, please visit https://colt.net.
Nola Pocock – VP Global Communications