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In Baltimore, Maryland, Black and Latino households are more than twice as likely as white households to lack a computer and reliable broadband connection. While our partners in the Baltimore Digital Equity coalition are fighting hard to distribute hotspots to K-12 students and adult learning, the racial digital divide continues to grow.
During the height of the pandemic, Libraries Without Borders US distributed hundreds of its ConnectED kits to school-children in Baltimore. LWB US has also partnered with the Stillmeadow Community Fellowship Church to design and implement a sustainable learning space, the Stillmeadow PeacePark Learning Center, promoting young computer users, after school activities, and community science in the church’s own forest.
Entering the Covid-19 pandemic, nearly 40% of Baltimore households were without broadband internet access. COVID-19 exacerbated the challenges of these households on the wrong side of the digital divide. ConnectED kits were distributed to residents in the low-income neighborhoods of Central Park Heights, Mount Clare, Irvington, and Highlandtown as well as to at-risk youth who fall outside the scope of Baltimore City Public Schools.
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