“I Miss The OLPC”

Gizmodo’s Andrew Liszewski has written about the OLPC XO-1.

With roughly three million OLPC XO laptops shipped to children since we began, we are glad to have achieved change.

Sugar learning software is still available from OLPC on our laptops, or from Sugar Labs on anyone else’s laptops. Some of the Sugar software is available for tablets and phones, and a new Music Blocks Programming Language is published.

Sugar Labs participated in Google Summer of Code this year, and is preparing now for Google Code-In.

Children are still without food, water, safety, parents, education, books, devices, and connectivity. There’s still work to be done.

Let’s do it!

“Education Transforms Lives”

Education is a basic human right and it is at the core of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, according to the UN chief, as the world celebrated the International Day of Education on January 24, 2019.

Education transforms lives”, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said, recounting his personal story of teaching in “the slums of Lisbon” where he saw first-hand that “education is an engine for poverty eradication and a force for peace”.

Education is the foundation upon which all of the other development goals are based. It is critical that every child has an equal opportunity for a quality education. Read more about the UN Secretary-General’s remarks and other world leaders celebrating the International Day of Education HERE.

Photo courtesy of Fundacion Zamora Teran

Happy International Day of Education!

Education is a basic human right of every child. Today, we celebrate the role education plays in peace, development and the creation of a better future for all.

According to a recent report from UNESCO, more than 262 million children and young people do not attend school. More than 617 million children and youth cannot read and do not possess basic math skills.

Education is the only way we can break the cycle of poverty and empower children to create a better future for themselves and for their families. Today, we invite you to support OLPC and help us empower children through education.

Thank you for supporting education!

A student in Nicaragua supported by Fundacion Zamora Teran.

Local Learning

City-designed schooling can be difficult to implement in rural areas, which is not always evident to those who design national educational systems and curriculum. See National curriculums don’t always work for rural and regional schools by Alison Willis, Lecturer, School of Education, University of the Sunshine Coast, in Australia.

An open one to one device program such as One Laptop per Child can help rural and regional schools by;

  • including devices in local learning lessons,
  • supporting local research or content curation by learners,
  • creating projects, programs and curriculum that addresses local concerns and issues,
  • enabling custom content or software installed by teachers or volunteers to meet local needs.

OLPC is committed to the creation of learning environments which foster the greatest development of all children. OLPC’s experience has shown children learn best when they are engaged in learning that is meaningful and active. For help with custom content or software, contact us.