Cranfield University is donating more than 1,200 PCs and monitors to schools in South America and Africa.
The equipment has been refurbished by Computer Aid International to extend the product life by a further three to four years.
Computer Aid, which supports the recycling of electronic waste, will track the donated equipment, which will go to schools in Tanzania, Chile, Ethiopia and Sudan.
Children at the schools will be able to use the computers to learn IT skills, and Computer Aid said that each donated PC gives children up to 6,000 hours of ICT access.
Gio Lusignani, director of IT at Cranfield University, said: “We were aware of the issues around illegal e-waste [and] Computer Aid could ensure that any working equipment was re-used rather than recycled, and we knew none of our equipment would end up on a scrap heap.”
The UK government recently axed the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Advisory Body (WAB), which Computer Aid protested against, concerned that “e-waste cowboys” would take advantage of the “image of a relaxed watchdog”.