Halima* is a 7-year-old girl who is going in to Year 3 in September. Halima recently received a laptop from KLS’ Love to Learn education team. Halima and her siblings have no computers at home, which is why the Love to Learn team prioritised this family and many other families that were in a similar situation.
Love to Learn has been supporting this family for many years through children attending after school clubs and by providing learning mentors that support children at home once a week and assist them with school subjects. Now, although Halima is using the laptop for all her schoolwork reading practice and educational games, the other children still need more help with laptops, Love to Learn is trying to find more laptops or tablets for the others.
Halima was very happy to receive a new laptop. When she was asked what she is going to use it for she said, “I will use it for the online schoolwork, homework, games and watching children’s films and other stuff.” Halima’s mother explained, “Since she received the laptop, she has been very busy and there’s less tension between and her younger brother than there used to be and she is a happy girl now. I am happy with her work now because she does reading practice, she uses BBC bitesize and practise times tables and other maths games.”
This laptop has meant a lot to this young girl. First, she will use it with her school without waiting for the only tablet in the house. Secondly, she will use her time constructively while she in the house, she plays games with it when she not doing her schoolwork. Since she received the laptop, she refused to share with anyone in the house, and is always proudly saying ‘my laptop’. Thirdly, it will give her motivation to do her work on a regular basis as she knows whenever she completes her work then she is allowed to play games.
*Note: Names have been changed to ensure anonymity. Photos are illustrative.
Katherine Low Settlement is a much-loved, busy charity that has been at the heart of the community in Battersea, south-west London, since 1924.
With a few staff and a lot of volunteers, Katherine Low Settlement runs a range of its own popular community projects including educational courses and wellbeing activities. The charity supports children, young people and their families, older people, refugees and newly arrived communities of all genders, nationalities and religions.
The Katherine Low Settlement building in Battersea High Street, opened in 1924, is used for community activities and events, usually – until the arrival of Covid-19 – by over 500 people a week. Its rooms are available for hire at affordable rates.
Katherine Low Settlement is grateful for the funding received from supporters, trusts and foundations to enable the charity to continue to reduce poverty and isolation and bring Battersea together.
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