Junked PCs are being given a new life helping African school children to learn about computing.
Dr Morris Agaba, a research fellow at Stirling University, has set up a scheme to collect surplus machines from companies and send them to schools in his native Uganda.
So far he has collected 50, which will be sent to a school 250 kilometres north east of the capital in July.
The school has only one PC which is used for administrative purposes, so its 1,000 pupils have probably never used one before.
Dr Agaba said he wanted to give something back to Ugandan children who needed to develop computer literacy. He realised that hundreds of thousands of working computers are scrapped by institutions and companies upgrading their systems.
The scheme was set up with the help of some of his colleagues at Stirling.
Each computer has basic software and word processing packages, but Agaba hopes that, once the children have connected to the internet, they will have access to more material.
So far Agaba has only been able to get surplus computers from his own university, but he believes there are many more machines which will be thrown away unless someone offers to take them.
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