Digital Inclusion Campaign
COVID-19 is highlighting how essential the internet is for people. It is now how most people access information and feel part of a community. In other words, the pandemic has led to more people feeling excluded from society. But, digital inclusion has been an issue in this country long before COVID-19. Many people struggle to afford the internet, data, or equipment like laptops. But there are also issues with internet quality, disability access, and privacy concerns.
Part of the problem is that the internet is currently seen as a luxury rather than a necessity. Lack of access to the internet means some people cannot meet their basic needs. These people are unable to enjoy their human rights.
To challenge this, SRANE is co-creating a campaign called Better ConNEcted. This collective wants to make the North East a place where digital inclusion is a right enjoyed by all. Most importantly, we want people to have the skills, technology and internet access, to close the digital divide.
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Asylum seekers are usually unable to study at university in the UK due to the high tuition fees. This is because, firstly, they have to pay the same fees as international students. Secondly, they cannot get student finance loans due to their immigration status.
Some universities are offering Sanctuary Scholarships, waiving tuition fees for applicants. In some cases, they also provide a grant towards learning and/or housing costs. These scholarships make it possible for more adults to have their right to education realised in the UK. Northumbria, Newcastle and Teesside Universities are all offering some form of sanctuary scholarship.
We are encouraging more universities in the region to offer sanctuary scholarships. This will mean that more asylum seekers can enjoy their right to education. We also want to work with universities to improve the support they already offer to asylum seeker students.
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If you are interested in getting involved in our work in the North East, or want to find out more, contact the North East regional manager, Anya Bonner, at email@example.com.