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Bridging the Digital Divide

The development of information technologies such as personal computers and the Internet has created a digital divide between users of these technologies and those with limited access or knowledge about them. By donating PCs and providing instruction, the Toshiba Group is helping to bridge this digital divide and eliminate the large disparities in treatment, wealth, and opportunities that have emerged between these two groups of people.

Donation of PCs, TVs to Philippine Schools

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In an effort to improve computer literacy in the Philippines, where less than half of the some 5,000 high schools have access to the Internet, Toshiba Information Equipment (Philippines) and Toshiba Storage Device (Philippines) have donated 44 laptop computers to 44 public high schools in Laguna Province for 4 years since fiscal 2007 as part of their continuing support of the "Gearing up Internet Literacy and Access for Students" (GILAS) Program sponsored by the Ayala Foundation.
So far, the two companies have benefited 35% of all high schools in Laguna Province—home to Toshiba Information Equipment (Philippines). They have also helped develop the necessary environment for Internet access. Their new program to donate TVs to 850 public elementary schools for 3 years started at fiscal 2012, and they has already donated one TV for each to 303 schools in fiscal 2012.

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Donation of Used Computers in Japan

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To boost computer literacy in welfare and community organizations lacking sufficient information technology due to financial reasons or otherwise, Toshiba has been donating used computers to such organizations via the authorized NPO eparts. The company donated 569 computers in FY2012, for an accumulated total of 2,267 computers since 2006.

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Donation of Used Computers in Korea

Toshiba Electronics Korea Corporation has been donating computers to IT centers for people with disabilities in Korea since 2005. The computers, which have a history of minor glitches, are repaired and provided free of charge to people with disabilities who have insufficient income to purchase a computer for themselves.

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Donation of Used Computers in Malaysia

Toshiba Sales & Services in Malaysia donated used computers to a neighborhood orphanage to replace those that had broken down, to ensure children in the orphanage have the same opportunity to become familiar with computers as all other children.