Golden Globe winner John Boyega has helped a Peckham school reach its goal of giving every student a laptop, writes Simon Throssell…
Camelot Primary School, on Bird and Bush Road, launched an appeal in January to purchase a laptop for each of its children.
The school wanted to tackle the digital divide affecting many of its pupils who didn’t own something appropriate for online education.
After raising its first target of £5000 very quickly, donations began to dry up but the needs of the children remained.
On one ‘very exciting’ day in February, the school were contacted by Peckham-born Boyega’s team offering a ‘significant amount of support’ towards the cause.
Head Teacher James Robinson said: “Within days we were as excited as he was at the Golden Globe Awards earlier this week!
“He is an example to all our children, to our community and to our local area about remembering what an impact we can make through our generosity and recognition of others and their efforts.”
James added: “Camelot School is exceptionally grateful to John Boyega and looks forward to welcoming him to our school when he is next in Peckham.”
In an email to the school, Boyega’s manager wrote: “Before lockdown we started a project where we wanted to give back to the young people in Southwark as that’s where John grew up, so this was a great opportunity to support.”