Colt supports school literacy program Night Zookeeper


London, 24 September 2018 – Colt Technology Services has today announced that it’s working with social enterprise Night Zookeeper, to provide grants to UK schools that are looking to benefit from digital education.

As part of this partnership Colt will support education specialists Night Zookeeper, who have developed a world-leading literacy platform that emphasises creativity and self-expression, all the while teaching children core English skills from the National Curriculum.

To support Night Zookeeper, Colt will sponsor annual licenses to the nightzookeeper.com platform so that classrooms all across the UK can benefit from this digital learning asset.

“Using nightzookeeper.com in the classroom and at home has repeatedly shown to have a high-impact on children’s English skills and wellbeing. We are delighted that Colt is supporting its adoption across UK schools,” said Paul Hutson, Education Director at Night Zookeeper and former London-based primary school teacher.

The sponsorship is part of Colt’s ongoing commitment to driving digital transformation through the use of agile, high bandwidth connectivity solutions. In this instance, Colt is bringing its connectivity mission to the classroom, striving to show how by connecting children to the right resources an immeasurable impact can be had on their future success.

As part of the sponsorship, Colt staff will also be giving up some of their time to interact with the students who are partaking in the program. This will involve leaving comments on students work and encouraging young writers to further develop their writing abilities.

Chief of Staff and Head of Corporate Social Responsibility for Colt Technology Services, Louisa Gregory said: “At Colt we fundamentally believe that by having the right connectivity it can change the trajectory of any organisation. So we were excited to hear about Night Zookeeper, and how we can apply what we do in a different but equally beneficial way.

“Through this partnership, not only will staff at Colt be able to engage and give back to the community, but Colt will assist with ensuring that barriers such as cost don’t exist when it comes to something as important as improving the literacy skills of children in the UK.”

Grants are now available for this coming academic year and you can apply for one by contacting Night Zookeeper, with schools from disadvantaged areas being able to apply to receive additional help.

About Colt
Colt aims to be the leader in enabling customers’ digital transformation through agile and on-demand, high bandwidth solutions. The Colt IQ Network connects 850+ data centres across Europe, Asia and North America’s largest business hubs, with over 27,000 on net buildings and growing.

Colt has built its reputation on putting customers first. Customers include data intensive organisations spanning over 207 cities in nearly 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 its industry and able to provide the best customer experience at a competitive price. For more information, please visit www.colt.net.

About Night Zookeeper
Night Zookeeper was created by Wonky Star Ltd. a social enterprise based in London, UK. It was established in 2011 by University friends looking to improve children’s literacy skills and bring creativity and self-expression to digital play. It released its first product, an iOS app called Drawing Torch, in November 2012. The creative drawing app went on to win App of the Year in The Guardian newspaper. The company’s next product was another iOS exclusive called Teleporting Torch. Teleporting Torch was a drawing app which delivered daily creative writing and drawing challenges to its users.

In 2013, following additional funding from angel investor network London Business Angels, Night Zookeeper released nightzookeeper.com a web-based education and creativity game, where children drew pictures of their own magical animals which were then brought to life using animation. In September 2014, responding to demand from schools, nightzookeeper.com launched a teacher dashboard where the stories children were creating could be saved and automatically-assessed. In 2015/16 the company doubled in size, released a VR app and was nominated for a BAFTA in Primary Education. It also won Exporting Excellence awards from the London Book Fair and Education Investor. In 2018 they published the first of an exciting new fictional book series with Oxford University Press.

For more information, contact:

Nola Pocock – Director – Global Communications, PR & AR
+447917714377 nola.pocock@colt.net

Sam Davidson – Director – Marketing and Sales
+447742923003 sam@nightzookeeper.com

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