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110,000 Gifted kids recycle their mobile phones to support disadvantaged students

Young people are among the quickest to change their mobiles for the latest model but thanks to new scheme the next time they upgrade their phones they have an opportunity to help gifted students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Students at Woodway Park School in Coventry are among the first to join the scheme in which thousands of students across England to will raise money, every time they change their mobile phones, for education opportunities for gifted students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

All 110,000 members of The National Academy for Gifted and Talented Youth (NAGTY), are recycling their old unwanted mobile phones to raise money for the Goal programme, which provides mentoring, support and events for gifted students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Each phone recycled by Greener Solutions will provide £3.50 towards the Goal fund which sponsors students over a four year period. Not only that, but the students are helping the environment too!

Phillip Dilley (16) from Woodway Park School said: "I think it's a great idea, lots of people are always getting new phones just throw their old ones away - it's good that by recycling them instead of dumping them other kids like me will get to go on events and get a chance to improve their education."

Rebecca French (13) said: "Give a phone to NAGTY for Christmas! It's that time of year when people get new phones and this is a great way to be good to the environment and help other students."

So far The National Academy for Gifted and Talented Youth has raised over £3,000 from recyling phones, this money will in turn be match funded by the Government who have pledged up to £1million in match funding for the Goal project. Director of NAGTY, Professor Deborah Eyre said: "This is just one small way in which we are trying to raise funds to help gifted students from disadvantaged backgrounds across England access mentoring, education opportunities and career support. So far we've had a terrific response from our members to the recycling drive and now we're hoping that news of this project will spread further and people will turn in their old phones to help us raise more! Not only will they be helping disadvantaged students gain access to a really inspirational programme, but they will also be doing their bit for the environment too."

If you have old mobile phones at home you'd like to recycle and in turn help benefit students from disadvantaged backgrounds please post them to Greener Solutions (NAGTY), FREEPOST LON17592, Mitcham, CR4 3UZ.

A photo of some of the NAGTY members mentioned above with mobile phones is available from Alison Rowan - details below.

Further Information

For media enquiries please contact Alison Rowan, Press Officer, NAGTY on or by telephone on 024 76 574905 or 07876 218130.

The National Academy for Gifted and Talented Youth was set up by government, at the University of Warwick, to improve provision for gifted and talented children and young people up to the age of 19 years, and to provide guidance, advice and development for teachers. It is the centre of expertise for gifted education in England.

The National Academy's core infrastructure funding comes from the DfES, with additional funding generated through successful partnerships with businesses, charitable trusts and individuals. Our ability to meet the full scope and scale of need is contingent on the support we receive. Visit