Queridos amigos de OLPC,
Peña Nieto was accompanied by the heads of the ministries of Foreign Affairs, Economy and Education,
since the main purpose of this visit is to know about the program “Basic Informatics Educative Connectivity for Online Learning” and do it on our country.
The president of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, arrived a few minutes to the international airport in Montevideo, Uruguay, where he made his first official working visit.
It was reported that the Mexican president was greeted by his South American counterpart Jose Mujica and Roberto Conde, Foreign Minister of Internal Uru
guay in a first meeting during which the hymns were sung in both nations and presented the delegations of both rulers.
Note that Peña Nieto was accompanied by the heads of the
ministries of Foreign Affairs SRE, Economy SE and Public Education SEP, since the main purpose of this visit is to know about the program “Educational Computer Connectivity basic Online Learning “and to implement it in our country.
Watch the video: http://youtu.be/2VnokEkq0LI
Photo from President’s Instagram profile
Focus Reports, an independent publisher of sponsored supplements for the global energy and healthcare sectors, announced on September the 26th, the launch of its partnership with the One Laptop Per Child Association, Inc. (OLPC).
Under the Agreement, if the donation reaches USD $20,500.00, OLPC agrees to donate 100 XO laptops version 1.75 to support the existing One Laptop Per Child program in Sonora, Mexico – a country where Focus Reports has traditionally been very active, and also country of origin of two of Focus Reports staff members.
According to the terms of the agreement signed between Focus Reports and OLPC, Focus Reports teams will engage in fundraising activities for the entire and exclusive benefit of OLPC from September 1st to December 31st 2012.
To celebrate its 10th year anniversary, Focus Reports challenged its employees around the world to organize a social activity of their choice and allocated a specific budget for this purpose. The Selection Committee unanimously decided to put the money into a seed fund. This fund is to serve as the source capital for Focus Reports’ first fundraising campaign that will raise money for OLPC. “By creating this seed fund, not only will we donate more, but we’ll raise awareness and connect people – all for the benefit of OLPC” say Solène Pignet, Leonardo Barquero and Julie Avena, the three members of the Selection Committee.
Focus Reports Project Director, Koen Liekens, was the first to praise OLPC’s cause. He explains: “From poverty to racism and HIV to breaching human rights: many solutions start with education. While it’s one of the necessities for social and human development, educational tools and infrastructure are often still lacking. It’s not a new area to go social in, but we, as a media company, have not only the direct interest but also direct responsibility to raise literacy levels worldwide. To grow our next readers, to nurture the brains of our next generation of journalists, we have a role to play in ensuring that -at least- the tools are there for the less fortunate to be educated according to the requirements of the digital age.”
“The Focus Reports team has decided to allocate the entirety of the budget that was given to them to utilize their great fundraising capabilities and engage with people and companies to transmit the idea of OLPC across the globe,” says Diana Viola, CEO of Focus Reports. “Once again, our team has demonstrated that they are true to their values: bold, accountable, resourceful, trustworthy and hands-on. We are confident this initiative will be a success and the team knows they can count on our full support.“
The first fundraising event will take place in Mexico City.
About Focus Reports
Focus Reports (www.focusreports.net ) serves business professionals in the Pharmaceutical, Oil and Gas, Energy and Aviation industries with a portfolio of 5 websites, as well as country reports independently published as sponsored sections in world class trade publications.
To this end, Focus Report is organizing their first fundraising event in Mexico City to be held on October 24th, during which we will be hosting a raffle in order to raise funds.
For any enquiries, please contact: Julie Avena firstname.lastname@example.org
There are roughly 58 million primary school students in Latin America, according to UNESCO’s latest data from their Education For All initiative. 5% of children in that age range are not in school. And 5% of them use XOs: 1.5 million children have their own, and Peru’s urban initiative is giving another 1.5 million students in urban schools access to XOs through a program where groups of 3-5 students share a laptop.
That’s a lot of budding Pythonistas, Scratcheros, and Linux users!
Now if only my own home country would start providing computers and connectivity to its students as a matter of course…
In October 2011, Sonora State added the “right to connectivity” to the first article of the state Constitution, along with the right to liberty, education, and housing. They were the first Mexican state to adopt such a right, and one of only three states in the world. People are still writing about it today as an example of how to provide effective access to knowledge – as debates unfold over how to keep the Internet open.
From the announcement last year:
La iniciativa que adiciona un párrafo segundo al Artículo 1° de la Constitución Política del Estado de Sonora fue promovida por los diputados Enrique Reina Lizárraga y Gorgonia Rosas López, a fin de transformar el acceso a Internet en un derecho o garantía de la ley fundamental local.
“Es decir, que el Estado deberá garantizar el acceso a la conectividad de redes digitales de información y de comunicación dentro del territorio sonorense a todos sus ciudadanos, pues este tipo de servicios cada día han logrado convertirse en un factor indispensable de cualquier ciudadano.”
The initiative, which adds a second paragraph to Article 1 of the Constitution of the State of Sonora, was promoted by representatives Enrique Reina Lizarraga and Gorgonia Rosas López, to transform Internet access into a fundamental right or guarantee of the local law.
“This means that the State must guarantee access to digital information and communication networks within the Sonoran territory, to all its citizens, because daily access to such a service has become indispensable for any citizen.“
Kudos again to Sonora for their farsighted planning. They not only support free software as a foundation for learning, but have recognized connectivity as infrastructure for modern life, and not a luxury.
Last week we shared excellent news from OLPC México: Sonora’s plans to distribute XO laptops to 350,000 children across their state over the next three years. A few days later the head of Microsoft in Mexico commented in a Sonoran newspaper that ‘while giving computers to students is a good thing, the Sonora project will fail because XO laptops use Linux instead of Windows.‘
In the same article the Microsoft spokesperson claimed the OLPC project in Uruguay had been a failure due to “Internet security and privacy issues” and that it changed to Wintel machines. Miguel Brechner, head of Plan Ceibal in Uruguay, corrected those misimpressions. There are 570,000 XO laptops in Uruguay schools, all running Sugar for elementary school students and Linux for middle school students, with no security or privacy problems. While dual-booting Windows was available for years as an option for OLPC deployments, almost none chose that option. (Uruguay tested it out, but opted for Gnome-on-Fedora instead.)
This misinformation from Microsoft is a pity; they seem to have no internal incentives to make accurate statements or to advance education. We applaud the work of the Sonora and Uruguay communities to their students, and look forward to their continued success!