Uruguay is working to position itself as a leader in robotics and programming.
“The country is increasingly earning a reputation for its prowess in both software and robotics. The country has a workforce that is surprisingly agile, highly educated and generationally diverse, says KPMG Brazil managing partner Ruben Gallago . . . . At the collegiate level, the Universidad de La Republic, the country’s oldest and largest university, has created a project to create a “simple and economic platform” to help engineering students and teachers internalize the basic ideas of programming. The country is also counting on its “one laptop per child” policy that since 2009 has given every elementary school student a computer with internet access — an effort to equip the next generation with even greater mathematical and technical skills.”
Read more about the impressive results from Uruguay here:
In September of 2016, OLE Nepal implemented the OLPC education program in fifteen schools in Baitadi. OLE Nepal deployed OLPC laptops and installed digital libraries in participating schools. Teachers in the program schools attended a training program focused on developing the skills they need to integrate technology into the classroom. OLE Nepal also provided two teaching residents to support the program schools throughout the first year in order to provide ongoing support to students and teachers.
The results are positive. A comparison of baseline and mid-term results revealed “students have made an impressive improvement in learning English, Science and Mathematics.” Students showed improvements in all three areas.
On behalf of the OLPC community, congratulations to OLE Nepal on these impressive results!
A key component of each OLPC educational program is sustainability. Implementing a sustainable educational program requires an effective, long-term technical support strategy. OLPC works with local teams to develop a system and processes to deploy the laptops and to provide ongoing maintenance and technical support services.
OLPC designs technical platforms that include integrated infrastructure and connectivity in order to provide secure internet access and a security system which disables the use of the laptop in case of loss or theft. These platforms are created with the input and guidance of local stakeholders in an effort to address local needs.
OLPC’s technical support services include customization of the operating system and content. We provide training on the technical processes of maintenance, repair and disassembly of the laptops. We help each program to create a system to manage spare parts for the laptops. We work with local teams to define and design connectivity requirements to ensure internet access in every participating school. We advise local teams as they configure, install and administrate schools servers and support infrastructure, including the laptop’s security system.
OLPC’s technical support services facilitate the development of local capacity and ensure the long-term sustainability of each educational program.
Earlier this month, Liaison Technologies joined forces with One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) to support education in Central America. Thanks to a generous contribution from Liaison, the OLPC education program in Nicaragua implemented by the Fundacion Zamora Teran has expanded to include children in the Bautista Betania School in Sandino City.
OLPC is a non-profit organization created to provide every child in the world with a quality, innovative education. As part of its comprehensive education program, OLPC provides each participating student and teacher with a rugged, connected laptop computer, in addition to the training and support needed to realize each student’s full potential. OLPC provides on-going teacher training and technical support training to participating schools, as well as a monitoring and evaluation program. OLPC’s partner in Nicaragua, the Fundacion Zamora Teran, has implemented the OLPC education program with more than 65,000 children throughout Central America.
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Liaison Technologies chose to partner with OLPC as part of its ongoing mission to make a lasting impact in and beyond the communities they live, work, and serve. Liaison is committed to helping forward-thinking organizations unlock insights that have the power to sustain our planet, revolutionize lives, and improve societies. With this contribution, Liaison is supporting OLPC’s efforts to transform education, lower the barriers to technology in Central America and provide a brighter future for all.
This past week, the OLPC team provided teacher training to teachers from Ngamo Primary school in the Linkwasha region in Zimbabwe. Thanks to a generous donation form Henny’s Kids, OLPC laptops and teacher training were given to participating students and teachers.
Now the team is on its way to Zambia to provide additional laptops and training as part of the OLPC education program. Stay tuned for more details!