In the heart of Nicaragua lies the largest lake in Central America, Lake Nicaragua. Millions of years ago, a volcanic eruption formed a curious island in this freshwater lake composed of two volcanoes â€” Concepcion and Maderas â€” the former of which is still active. Concepcion has an altitude of 1,610 meters, which makes Ometepe the worldâ€™s highest island on a lake. Volcanic ash has created an extremely fertile island and the volcanoes are visible everywhere on the island. Ometepe is truly a paradise, with its tropical, lush and magical air and soil.
In addition to the natural brilliance of the island and its volcanoes, Ometepe recently became the first digital island in the Americas. To put that in numbers, 100% of its 5,000 elementary school children and all teachers received a laptop connected to high-speed Internet, as part of the One Laptop Per Child educational initiative. Participating students and teachers receive OLPC laptops and the training and support needed to truly realize the potential of these machines
DALLAS, June 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — MoneyGramÂ (NASDAQ: MGI) today announced the MoneyGram Foundation will award seven grants across seven countries for the first grant cycle of 2016. The foundation will renew its support to innovative educational programs operating in India, Jamaica, Laos, Nicaragua, Pakistan and Vietnam, as well as in four cities in the United States.
“The MoneyGram Foundation is honored to continue to support programs around the world that are making a meaningful and measurable difference for children’s education in communities where our customers live and work,” said Pamela H. Patsley, MoneyGram’sÂ executive chairman. “MoneyGram is proud to expand our foundation’s work to Laos and Nicaragua through these established programs.”
The recipients in the foundation’s first grant round of 2016 include:
Agastya International Foundation, to continue funding three mobile science labs traveling to Darbhanga, Mumbai, and Aligarh with the mission of providing an experiential, hands-on science education program to thousands of economically disadvantaged children.
Children of Vietnam, to fund the construction of a 25 x 30 foot weather-resistant school building in A Pat village in Tay Giang District, Quang Nam Province, complete with ceiling fan, lighting, electrical system, water system, indoor plumbing and awning for shade. When complete, it will be the sole school building for the community.
Developments in Literacy, to fully fund the operational and administrative costs of the Nai Abadi school located in Rawalpindi, Pakistan.
First Book, to fund a book donation through the DÃa de Los Libros initiative in the United States (Dallas, Los Angeles, New York and Miami) and Jamaica.
Grants for Innovative Teaching (GFIT), a Signature Project of the Junior League of Dallas that encourages and supports excellence in teaching by awarding grants up to $2,000 to Dallas ISD teachers for innovative projects that otherwise would not be provided for in schools budgets.
One Laptop Per Child (OLPC), to fully fund the implementation of the “MathemaTIC” educational program in two schools in Chinandega, Nicaragua. The schools will receive 300 laptops to complete the program.
Pencils of Promise (PoP), to fund one of 14 schools Pencils of Promise will build in the Luang Prabang Region of Laos this year. A typical PoP school has 4 classrooms and a minimum lifespan of 20 years.
The MoneyGram Foundation plans to distribute two more rounds of grants in 2016. To learn more about the MoneyGram Foundation and the projects it supports, please visit moneygramfoundation.org.
Esta nota se propone exponer el mensaje contundente de la gran biÃ³loga italiana a la luz deÂ IbirapitÃ¡, el nuevo programa de inclusiÃ³n digital del gobierno del Uruguay que ha comenzado aÂ distribuir tabletas conectadas a Internet a las personas jubiladas con ingresos reducidos. EsÂ decir, los mayores de 65 aÃ±os contarÃ¡n con los mismos recursos digitales que ya sus nietosÂ han recibido a partir de los 5 aÃ±os, gracias al â€œmodelo uno a unoâ€, una laptop/tablet por niÃ±oÂ del Plan Ceibal (www.ceibal.edu.uy). De esta manera se estÃ¡ construyendo en el Uruguay unÂ amplio y generoso puente digital que abraza 60 aÃ±os de vida. Este programa de inclusiÃ³nÂ digital inter-generacional, el primero de su tipo en el mundo, merece destacarse y ser imitado.
This meeting on â€œsustainable humanity and sustainable natureâ€ is a valuable opportunity to introduce and discuss the notion of â€œsustainable educationâ€.We are willing to understand and improve the interactions between â€œhuman capital and natural capitalâ€.Education is part of the human capital of our societies but the notion of â€œsustainable educationâ€ is still under construction and needs special consideration. In particular it is impossible to imagine a sustainable school system that remains independent of the rapidly expanding digital environment of today.Our society has created a newâ€œvirtual ecosystemâ€ which is covering the planet and is modifying the life of millions.The good news is that education can play,and is playing in many cases,an increasing and constructive role in this global process towards equity and solidarity in the human family.We are convinced that a sustainable education must be based on evidences and not on ideologies.A sustainable education must be supported by political, economical, social, technological and pedagogical sustainable programs.