TES calls on Australian corporates to help bridge digital divide

New partnership with LiteHaus International aims to provide digital devices to over 500,000 disadvantaged students in remote communities

Brisbane, 26th August 2021

IT lifecycle services company, TES today announced a new partnership with LiteHaus International, an Australian not-for-profit organization providing second-life refurbished computers to students in remote communities across Australia and Papua New Guinea.  

Through the partnership, TES will extend the life of used devices donated by corporate sponsors and manage the entire end-to-end process including data wiping to international standards, installation of licensed Microsoft Windows software, collection and deployment, IT support and end of life recycling.

TES - LiteHaus Partnership [Assets ready]

LiteHaus International will then manage the distribution of the devices through their Digital Infrastructure and Digital Inclusion Programs to future leaders in need across Papua New Guinea, regional Australia and beyond.

Queensland students at Normanton State School in the Gulf of Carpentaria and Woree State High School were the first recipients to benefit from this new partnership with 130 laptops and personal computers (PCs) donated to students.

Ross West, Group Vice President of Operations for TES said this was a great step forward towards an ambitious target to reach 500,000 students across remote Australia and Papua New Guinea by 2030.

“TES is proud to partner with LiteHaus International; helping to bridge the digital divide and improve technology accessibility in remote communities. The digital divide continues to widen especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. We need to reverse this trend and advance the circular economy by keeping equipment in life for as long as possible.”

As part of the partnership, TES and LiteHaus International have collaboratively launched the “Full Circle” program to facilitate the donation of used devices from corporates to help accelerate LiteHaus International’s various development programs and get more digital devices in the hands of students in need.

We can’t achieve this target alone and are calling on corporates to work with us and donate used IT. Our expertise in IT lifecycle services ensures corporates have a safe way to donate used laptops, PCs and screens with the highest standards in data removal and processing.

Jack Growden, Founder & CEO of LiteHaus International and the current Queensland Emerging Philanthropist of the Year said the partnership has already facilitated the single largest donation of devices they had received.

TES - LiteHaus Team Donating Computers“We are thrilled to partner with the world’s largest IT asset disposition company to scale and accelerate the realization of our vision to equip future leaders with the tools to dream, succeed and achieve throughout the Pacific region and beyond.

“Every high school student at Normanton State School now has their own digital device, with only 4 students previously having access to a device at home. They described this  as the best school day of their lives, and I personally saw 33 sets of eyes light up when they found out the devices were theirs to keep. This highlights the true impact of this program.”

Kathryn Todd, Principal at Woree State High School, said the uncertainty and potential disruption that surrounds the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for students to have access to IT.

“With more than 500 students at our school that don’t own a digital device at home, being able to provide a device to each student is paramount. The donation of personal devices for many of our students by LiteHaus International and TES makes it possible for students to remain connected in an ever-changing society.”

Corporates interested in the “Full Circle” program, please get in touch.

 

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