May 23, 2022

A Foreign Office minister has praised the work of a Scottish charity run by the family of Alan Turing, a World War II code-breaker.

The Turing Trust in Edinburgh provides computer training and refreshing computers to children in Malawi.

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Wickford, the UK’s Minister for Africa, met with the Turing family on Wednesday.

School children in Malawi are learning computer skills thanks to an Edinburgh-based charity.

The charity has updated more than 9,200 PCs so far, enabling more than 81,000 students across Africa to pursue digital education since its inception in 2015.

She recently received a 50,000 grant from the Foreign Office to help 8,900 Malawian schoolgirls learn how to use a computer.

Ms Ford said: “The UK Government is proud to support the Turing Trust in carrying on Alan Turing’s legacy, giving thousands of children in Malawi access to computer technology for the first time.

James Turing praised the generous Scots for donating unwanted computer equipment to the charity.

“I am delighted to meet the family of the British icon who played such a key role in the digital revolution today, to learn how they can no longer leave schools behind in the world’s poorest communities in Malawi. have been. .

“Computer skills are a key tool in lifting vulnerable children out of poverty in the 21st century, and this project is a great example of the UK’s support for Scottish charity to become a force for good in the world.

“Back in Scotland, after the success of Cop26 in Glasgow, it is impressive to see how the Turing Trust is recycling technology to serve a significant new purpose in Malawi schools.”

James Turing, the charity’s chief executive, is the eldest nephew of Alan Turing.

He said: “My great-uncle is often referred to as the father of modern computer science, so we are proud to help this legacy by helping the world’s poorest children access computers in schools. Moving forward.

“Our heartfelt thanks go out to the families and businesses who donated their unwanted IT tools.

“While they may not meet the requirements of a typical British office or home layout, they are an invaluable resource in helping children embark on a digital journey once we have cleaned and rebuilt them.

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