With the ongoing pandemic forcing more education to be done remotely on devices students may not have access to, the iSchoolAfrica education trust has announced a partnership with iStore to put iPads into the hands of of 10 000 South African matriculants.

This is part of the #MyFuture programme which sees devices, data, live study sessions and curriculum materials being put into the hands of students.

“Refurbished iPads, from an iStore trade-in drive with customers and donations from partners, will be deployed to support the learners who have fallen behind. iStore have not only committed to the donation of 1 million Rands worth of refurbished iPads to the programme, but have also enhanced the value of the trade-in for customers. This means that customers will have the benefit of a higher value when trading-in their pre-loved iPads and know that their iPad is going towards helping matric learners secure their futures,” reads a press release sent to Hypertext.

If you’d like to get involved with #MyFuture there are three ways to do so.

The first is to trade your iPad in at the iStore, the details of which can be found here. Those who do will get reduced prices on other purchases so that newer iPad, iPhone or other Apple device costs less.

If that doesn’t suit you, or you’d prefer to contribute in a more direct way, a #MyFuture crowdfunding campaign is now live. The goal of the campaign is to raise $300 000 (~R5.2 million) before 2nd October this year. At the time of writing the campaign has raised $10 000 (~R173 000).

The third and final way to work with iSchoolAfrica is more reserved for companies, or at least the C-level executive reading this who has the power to make that decision. The trust is looking for more corporate sponsors to get involved.

“Our goal with the iSchoolAfrica #MyFuture programme is to assist 10,000 matrics that have fallen behind due to COVID-19 with an iPad catch up programme. We are reliant on individual and corporate support to reach this goal and invite you to join our intervention and help secure their futures. We understand the need on all of us is huge at this time, but the consequence of us not addressing this education crisis, will extend way beyond the immediate effects of the pandemic,” writes Michelle Lissoos, Director of the iSchoolAfrica Education Trust.