Turing Trust and Avallain Foundation

Following our recent partnership with Covestro we’ve been fortunate enough to receive a donation of a-ACADEMY Primary School to teach English and Science  from Avallain Foundation. This software will be installed on our next batch of IT equipment making its way to schools across Northern Malawi, strengthening our eLibrary by giving teachers top quality offline resources.


Avallain Foundation is a non-profit organisation based in New York City which goal it is to unlock education for those who need it most. In order to achieve their goals they make use of cutting-edge technology paired with their high-quality content which is designed to be relevant to the users.


We have added their curriculum-aligned content dubbed a-ACADEMY Primary School, to our eLibrary and will be trialling them in schools in Malawi and Ghana now that the school year has restarted. Partnering with Avallain Foundation not only strengthens our ability to enable IT supported learning across Africa, but also means that we now have great quality resources developed in Africa for Africa. We look forward to seeing where this partnership takes us!


We’ve Been Shortlisted!

We have been shortlisted for the 2017 Royal Bank of Scotland Great British Entrepreneur Awards in the Entrepreneur for Good of the Year award.

We’ve beaten off some tough competition in order to make the regional shortlist, with over 1000 businesses entering the awards nationally across the wide range of categories.

Now in its fifth year, the Royal Bank of Scotland Great British Entrepreneur Awards has celebrated some amazing entrepreneurs over the years, many of whom are now household names. Past winners include David Buttress of Just Eat, Julie Deane of The Cambridge Satchel Company, James Watt of BrewDog and Alexander Solomou of TheLADBible Group.

Creator of the Awards, Francesca James, said: “We have been inundated with some incredible entries this year, and all shortlisted applicants should be extremely proud of themselves! This year has seen a record number of entrants and we’ve been absolutely blown away by the strength and diversity of applications.”

“We cannot wait to celebrate entrepreneurship across Great Britain with them, and put a spotlight on the incredible talent within the British entrepreneur ecosystem.”

Gordon Merrylees, Head of Entrepreneurship at Royal Bank of Scotland said: “I want to thank all of the entrepreneurs who entered this year and congratulate those who have been shortlisted, I look forward to seeing them at the regional finals.”

“It is clear that entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well and Royal Bank of Scotland is thrilled to be able to support these awards to celebrate success with the businesses that are the lifeblood of the UK Economy as they start, scale and succeed.”

“It’s wonderful to see James take inspiration from the legacy of his great uncle, Alan Turing, into his professional life, donating computer equipment to disadvantaged people in Africa and closest to home in Edinburgh.”

The Royal Bank of Scotland Great British Entrepreneur Awards will celebrate entrepreneurship across a number of categories at 5 gala finals across the UK, including; Cardiff, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Manchester & London. You can find more information about the awards and the ceremonies here:


Fostering Education in Partnership with Covestro

We are delighted to announce that our latest shipment of IT equipment has arrived in Malawi: Our new partner Covestro donated 500 refurbished laptops as part of a long term engagement. These PCs will be used to give children access to IT education and a wealth of offline resources with our eLibrary to support their learning. “Through donations like this we hope to empower and provide opportunities for people all around the world, by supporting education initiatives – particularly within the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.”, says Sharon Sørensen, Head of Global Partnerships and Donations Management at Covestro. But these laptops are not only used by the students themselves, they will also empower the teachers to foster education in completely new ways.

As one of the world’s leading manufacturers of premium polymers, Covestro has a key position in the value chain of many industries. Covestro likes to use this position to push sustainability and innovation further together with their workforce of 16,000 employees, customers, partners and bright young talents around the world. Covestro and the Turing Trust met at the Tech Justice Forum hosted by the University of Edinburgh and Practical Action, where they discovered common ground on their dedication to the circular economy and promoting a clean and sustainable global future.

We look forward to welcoming a team from Covestro to Malawi, where their staff will be able to see for themselves the remarkable impact their donation is having on children in the Mzuzu region. Once more, we’d like to thank Covestro for their fantastic donation and look forward to working with them again in the future.

To keep up to date with Covestro follow them on Twitter.

Mock up SolarBerry

Mock up SolarBerry at Barclays Technology Centre Fun day

It was great to see the work Shanti Bhardwa has been doing to set up a mock SolarBerry in the cricket pavilion in the ground of Barclays Technology Centre, Radbroke. Powered by just two 150W solar panels on the roof, he was able to run several workstations, including a raspberry Pi zero showing movies.

Nicola Turing using the SolarBerryMonitoring power in the SolarBerry

We were also able to demonstrate the vast amount of content that could be delivered using RACHEL on a Pi and show people how they could connect to this and access the content using their phones. There was plenty of enthusiasm for the concept of reusing IT equipment whenever possible and for the SolarBerry in particular.

Code your future class photo

Introducing Code your Future

We are delighted to announce our most recent partnership with Code Your Future, a fantastic and fast growing organisation “supporting refugees with the dream of becoming developers.”

Code your future class in action

As they have expanded into Scotland we have been delighted to support their initiative with hardware but also in collaborating to get some of their learning materials into our classrooms in Africa.

We are very eager to see how the first Scottish class from Code Your Future get on. Follow CYF for updates here.

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Donation from Hutcheson's grammar school

Hutchesons’ Grammar School’s Donation

A huge thank you to Hutchesons’ Grammar School for their generous donation of IT equipment.

We appreciated the great support from Jonathan Caddy,  Head of Computing Services, in getting it all ready and helping us load up. It’s fantastic to see schools getting involved with our work supporting digital literacy in schools in across Africa.

Dermot Turing showing the donation from Sherborne School

Sherborne School donates computers

The Turing Trust already has links with Sherborne School – both Alan Turing and Dermot Turing are old Shirburnians. Today we are keeping these links alive with the donation of IT equipment to support the Turing Trust’s mission to bridge the digital divide in Africa. There are still so many schools in Africa without computers and this donation will help us to equip a total of 200 schools in Malawi by April 2019. We take for granted the wealth of resources available to support education in the UK – help us to give African students similar opportunities.


Liberia with the YMCA

For the past three to four busy months Turing Trust has been working on filling a shipment of technology to be sent to Liberia. This will be Turing Trust’s third shipment this year to Africa and is happening in tandem with YMCA Liberia, supported by  Y Care International. The computers will support YMCA computer literacy programs in Liberia. So far this year we have shipped to Ghana, Malawi and now Liberia.

The container was collected on the 24th of July and we cannot wait to see the positive impact this technology can bring to the students it reaches. Thank you to all of the amazing volunteers who dedicated their time to preparing the computers as well as the team of 13 people who loaded the shipping container in the rain! Luckily Turing Trust had some ponchos to keep everyone dry.

The shipment included just over 500 PCs, monitors, and mice. It also included over 1000 power cables, 900 keyboards and 600 VGA cables. Around 80 of those PCs had Rachel educational software downloaded onto them. The Rachel software allows for students to access numerous educational websites without needing to connect to the internet or pay fees. Other items that were included in the shipment were 3 printers (2 of which were large office laserjets), a box of spare DVD drives, and 40 DVI cables.

We look forward to starting work on our next project so we can continue to send technology to students.


Atlas and the Turing Trust

Aberdeen-headquartered digital learning technologies company Atlas Knowledge has donated 58 computers to a charity which helps school children in remote communities of Africa to learn new skills.

The eLearning solutions provider is the first company from the oil and gas sector to work with The Turing Trust. The charity aims to bridge the digital divide in African nations by shipping IT equipment to the region to raise the skills base of pupils who would otherwise not have access to computers.

Atlas has contributed the systems along with 10 additional flat screen monitors to benefit the trust’s partner organisations in Ghana and Malawi. The units will be uploaded with educational content before shipping so they can be utilised in rural areas where there is no internet connection.

The Turing Trust was founded in the name of renowned mathematician and World War Two Enigma codebreaker, Alan Turing, and works with rural schools to teach practical skills to students aged between 13 and 24.

Partner schools act as vocational training colleges, known as Integrated Community Centres for Employable Skills (ICCES). All donations of IT equipment are used to support education and sustainable development.

Atlas chief operating officer, Harry van der Vossen, said: “As the leading global provider of eLearning solutions across safety critical industries, we understand the lasting impact of learning through modern technology and are fully supportive of the good work the Turing Trust does to encourage students in Africa to develop essential skills for their future.

“This region remains an important focus for us, with now more than 40 of our training partners operating there to ensure the workforce in the African countries remain safe through the uptake of courses such as the online refresher for IMIST (International Minimum Industry Training Standard), right across our portfolio of health and safety training and services.

“Earlier this year, Atlas held workshops in both Ghana and South Africa with training companies attending from across the region. Helping schools in Africa through The Turing Trust supports our company’s mission to make learning accessible to everyone, anywhere in the world and at any time.”

James Turing, director at The Turing Trust, said: “Donations of IT, like the fantastic donation from Atlas, mean that The Turing Trust can support the education of young people in Malawi and Ghana.

“Combined with our eLibrary and our current SolarBerry project, we are able to repurpose IT to have a lasting impact in urban and rural communities across Africa.”

The Turing Trust collects, processes and delivers used computers, tablets and cameras across Africa in Ghana, Kenya and Malawi. As well as IT donations, it seeks sponsorship to cover the costs of shipping and installation.

Current partner companies include Reusing ITExpert AgentThe University of EdinburghBCS and Border Crossing Media.

Bernie Hollywood opens Turing Talks. Photograph by Andy Coulson of Your Art Set Free

Turing Talks was hugely successful

The National Museum of Scotland was a fantastic venue for the first ever Turing Talks on 13th June 2017. It was wonderful to be supported by Bernie Hollywood as co-chair with his huge energy and enthusiasm. We are very grateful to all our inspirational speakers, our sponsors and our volunteers for helping to make this such a memorable day. For more information about the day and to see our posters and photo gallery check out the Turing talks website.

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