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    already in the hands of 1 2 million children in 31 countries who speak 19 languages One nation Uruguay has just completed delivery of laptops to every single child in the country Image Credits OLPC A Rwandan girl uses her new OLPC laptop while an onsite specialist looks on Few doubt that giving children access to computers is a good thing But buying the tens of millions of laptops many countries need can be expensive even at the current price of 160 each Critics of Negroponte s approach say there are cheaper and more efficient ways to deliver computing power to the world s children than to put a laptop literally into each child s hands A better way Steven Dukker a pioneer in low cost computing technology is one of those critics He founded nComputing a company that makes software and hardware that allow a single 300 desktop computer to run programs and applications for dozens of students at the same time NComputing networks are now in use at 40 thousand sites in 100 countries including the United States You think you ve got your own computer all to yourself explains Dukker and you can t tell that you re working on something other than a computer and doing it at a much lower cost than having your own PC But Negroponte believes that when a child has his own laptop it provides a personal connection to the technology and to the use of that technology that a terminal in a computer lab cannot A computer of their own Image Credits Adam Phillips Nicholas Negroponte hopes to place a laptop in the hands of every child on the planet Our kids take the laptops home at night and sleep with them It s their most cherished possession It s a very different phenomenon he says Matt Keller OLPC s global advocacy director says the real reason kids love their laptops so much is because they quickly learn to start customizing them to suit their own purposes Up until the age of five children learn in a very dynamic engaging way says Keller They learn how to walk and talk and they build things and they make mistakes and they knock them down they lose their tempers and they build them back up again But they are learning through that dynamic interaction with things around them Keller contrasts this with the rote memorization many children must do in their traditional schools Making a difference Keller recalls a class of 12 year old girls in Rwanda where the president ordered the purchase of 120 000 laptops for the country s children Within days of receiving their machines these rural girls had become experts at a programming game where they could design characters dress them make them do things and tell stories together Image Credits Aaron D Snipe Girls in Najmi Muthanna province Iraq with OLPC computers I thought to myself If you have a generation that s capable of designing software

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    analyses and develops best practice cases and Related topics regions ICTs Tanzania government to promote ICT in education Huawei Technologies Tanzania is launching an ICT education program that will foster ICT development and ICT talent training in Tanzania Related topics regions ICTs Rural children in Nepal embrace digital world Wireless computer labs set up in government run secondary schools in rural Nepal are helping children get equipped with digital technology These labs with Related topics regions ICTs Nepali girls get a chance to learn New innovations in Nepal have provided an incentive for poor rural girls to enroll in schools and pursue higher education Initiatives like One Laptop Per Related topics regions ICTs Online technology develops literacy skills According to a new survey using computers for communicating can help develop literacy skills among young people Engagement on social networking sites like Related topics regions Internet HCL offers single window solution to Indian schools HCL s new learning solution DigiSchool will help school management with content management lesson planning a digital multimedia library and bus tracking Related topics regions Children Second term in offing for flagship project on IT in Schools The iSchools project in Philippines for IT in education has come a long way since it commenced in 2007 The Government is now focused on ensuring its Related topics regions ICTs A media success story Radio Salus in Rwanda b Nduhura Dominique b Director of NUR School of Journalism and Communication explains how Radio Salus of the National University of Rwanda has contributed Related topics regions Capacity building CRY s online campaign to highlight barriers to education Child Rights and You CRY an Indian NGO has launched Click Rights an online photography campaign to capture the barriers that keep children out of school Related topics regions Children Harness ICT potential to improve quality of education Indian President The Indian President also asked the universities to boost rural enrolment in higher education by arranging courses designed for students Related topics regions ICT Google apps to facilitate learning in Thai university Khon Kaen University KKU Thailand recently became the first university in Thailand and in Southeast Asia to roll out the Google App for Education to Related topics regions ICTs A SMART choice for interactive lessons SMART Technologies a leading provider of interactive whiteboards for classroom learning has recently released a new SMART Notebook app for the iPad The Related topics regions ICTs Kenya e learning gaining ground in Kenyan firms Multinational and local firms seeking to develop their Kenyan employees skill set are discovering e learning as the next frontier in company training Related topics regions ICTs Delivering education through ICT At present ICT adoption is largely limited to computer labs in government schools However there is a move towards delivering education through the use of Related topics regions ICTs Zimbabwe 1 000 schools will have e learning courses by 2013 E learning facilities will be rolled out to 1 000 schools in Zimbabwe by the end of the year the

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    technologies are accessible Director General of UNESCO Irina Bokova said Related topics regions ICTs Vedanta and Odisha Govt sign MoU for e Shiksha Over 2 00 000 students in the eastern Indian state of Odisha will be introduced to ICT enabled quality education due to this collaborative project between Related topics regions Digital Vodafone innovates on learning solutions for school children under Mobile for Good Using innovative software and mobile technology and in partnership with Pratham Education Foundation the Vodafone Foundation is providing learning solutions Related topics regions Children Paving the path to mobile learning in Latin America Paula Leighton regional consultant and journalist at SciDev net finds out how the use of phones in education is a growing trend in Latin America She outlines Related topics regions ICTs Green digital education Future Gov s report b i Green Virtual Social The future of Asian education i b highlights the shift from paper based materials to digital content Related topics regions Technology Mobile games promoting literacy in rural India Mobile and Immersive Learning for Literacy in Emerging Economies MILLEE project led by a UC Berkley team uses mobile phone based games for teaching English Related topics regions ICTs Improving learning in the digital world An integrated use of technology enables a range of positive outcomes for children and young people Becta s latest publication b i The impact of digital Related topics regions ICTs UN award winners for using ICTs in education Moscow s Institute of Open Education and Jordan s Ministry of Information and Communications Technology have been chosen for the 2009 King Hamad Bin Isa Related topics regions ICTs Knowledge sharing in cyberspace UNESCO s first openly licensed publication i b Open Educational Resources Conversations in Cyberspace b i brings together the background papers and Related topics regions Access to knowledge Rural Internet not online but still connected The Internet is spreading to villages in the developing world but sometimes in unexpected ways Katherine Nightingale discovers that Rural communities have Related topics regions Education World s first tuition free online university The newly formed i b University of the People b i presents a gateway to aspiring students from around the world to continue higher education from their Related topics regions ICTs WFP reaches out to schools via web WFP is reaching out to schools to inform teachers and students on global hunger by integrating the issue into lessons on geography science social studies and Related topics regions Internet Love is in the ear Inaugurated last year by Deutsche Welle a radio project called b i Learning by Ear i b is reaching into parts of Africa where computers are yet to be Related topics regions Community Radio Mobile learning for students worldwide The Global Teenager Project s new mobile component will enable schools to participate in the world s largest online learning programme Students from remote Related topics regions ICTs Off the shelf onto the laptop With the growing popularity of electronic and digital audio books public

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    support the Related topics regions ICTs E bookstore launched by Thai Univ Chulalongkorn University Thailand has launched an electronic bookstore which will be a gateway for students writers and professors The e bookstore Related topics regions ICTs Bridging the ICT skills gap The UK ICT skills gap is a real issue and not one that will be addressed by the established academic channels alone says BG Srinivas Head of Europe and Related topics regions ICTs Legal literacy TV programme in Andhra Pradesh An uncommon empowerment tool It started as an experiment in villages and semi rural parts of Andhra Pradesh But after running for 58 episodes on Sunday mornings for a year India s first Related topics regions ICTs Let your child learn with ZooPAL an interactive iPad App The App is developed with a vision to impart critical skills and help pre schoolers understand the primary problem solving aptitude Related topics regions Children NComputing solution for rural India NComputing technology has the potential to provide affordable computing to millions of people worldwide including India says b Manish Sharma b Vice Related topics regions ICTs Adventures of the eLearning market eLearning market is wide open and can transform the education standards in a big way says b S Giridharan b Chairman and CEO EdServ SoftSystems Ltd Related topics regions Economy Poor ICT usage cause of low varsities ranking says Nigerian minister The poor international ranking of Nigerian universities has nothing to do with the intellectual capacity of lecturers and students but their inability to Related topics regions ICTs Audio book reader for visually challenged in India A new audio device for the visually impaired was launched at the national capital this week The compact book reader with its easy navigation multi lingual Related topics regions Education Integrate e governance in

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    an institute implemented under the guidance of the Presidential Secretariat said Dairy Technologist Sunil Rodrigo Image credits Samaritanspurse Dairy farming in Sri Lanka e Dairy extension is an innovative application of ICT towards achieving self sufficiency in national milk production he said It is an effort to apply usage of Information and Communication Technology in improving the rural lifestyle of the pro poor community that count 70 of the country s population This pilot project that attempts to use of the current trend of the community at all the levels using SMS in their day to day needs to make use of it to bridge the existing gaps of the extension services Further use of the web to make the young generation aware in regard to the prospects of the dairy industry as an acceptable enterprise An easy to operate touch screen computer has been introduced for farmers creating close link with the ICT application at grassroots level Agro based Socio economic background is a common phenomenon in the Country The Dairy farming which is the most common acceptable secondary income generation activity has been considered as a characteristic feature in developing the rural sector and as a tool in eradicating poverty Although the entire milk processing process depends mostly on small dairy farmers that count 230 000 through out the country due to various reasons still it has not been considered and implemented as a viable enterprise at all the levels To attract new investments as well as young entrepreneurs remains a challenge towards the development of this sector The need of healthy future workforce and population and the wide recognition of dairy industry as an appropriate rural industry emphasised the role that could play by small Dairy farmer to achieve local economic development The historical and influential role

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    Job Xpress app across Africa The first adopters are Glo Mobile part of the Globacom network Nigeria s largest independent mobile phone network with 25 million subscribers Nigeria currently suffers from an unemployment rate of 23 9 per cent according to Nigeria s National Bureau of Statistics and youth unemployment stands at 41 6 per cent according to a recent statement by Lamido Sanusi Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria Jeremy George ForgetMeNot Africa s Chief Executive Officer said The OECD s research showed that a major concern for many young Africans is that jobs are only given to people with connections or relatives Job Xpress helps to level the playing field by giving job applicants a direct method of application and is a step towards tackling barriers to employment that currently affect young bright and eager to work Africans ForgetMeNot Africa currently provides access to internet free Facebook email and online chat apps to over 62 million people across east west southern and central Africa These apps enable subscribers to send and receive emails and online chat messages update their Facebook profiles comment on and like their friends Facebook statuses and send and receive Facebook Chat messages all via SMS The Job Xpress app will sit alongside these services It is also available to data plan users saving them time and money as they no longer have to use fixed line internet services to attach their CV to emails via data connections that often time out Job Xpress works via the SMS channel and so bypasses the ongoing need for fixed telephone line Internet access PCs expensive subscriptions smartphones Java downloads or data connections George said As the OECD recognises Africa needs to move swiftly to make youth employment a priority turning its human capital into economic opportunity

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    to deal with diseases like malaria Monrovia Liberia The last time I got malaria I had to leave school because I couldn t walk properly I couldn t eat says Veldis Malkor age 13 I missed school for about a week Image credits UNICEF Veldis Malkor Yet Veldis says that he doesn t like to sleep under a mosquito net It s too hot he admits However after several days of interviewing some of Liberia s experts on malaria for a UNICEF sponsored week long radio production workshop Veldis will think twice about using one At the workshop three boys and four girls from around Liberia learned how to record edit write and produce a radio story of their own Veldis also learned how to stay healthy Monrovia radio workshop The workshop was conducted by UNICEF Radio in partnership with UNICEF s Back on Track programme on Education in Emergencies and Post Crisis Transition UNICEF Liberia and Talking Drum Studios Veldis story explored the high cost of malaria on Liberia s schools He visited the John F Kennedy Medical Centre s malaria ward and spent time with the public health officials at Liberia s Malaria Control Unit The head of the unit told Veldis that malaria has a major impact on education in Liberia He said it diminishes cognitive functioning and even worse forces children to stay home from school People shouldn t be dying of preventable diseases says Veldis who believes that no child should have to miss school because of malaria Youth perspectives The aim if the radio workshop is to bring young people s perspectives into the debate around education in emergencies and post crisis situations as well as to commemorate the Convention on the Rights of the Child CRC This was the second in a series

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    parts from old televisions and radios the duo retrofitted the dynamo attached to all bikes sold in Kenya so that cyclists can charge their cell phones as they ride Of Kenya s 38 5 million people it is estimated that roughly 17 5 million own a cell phone However many Kenyans lack access to the necessary electrical infrastructure to charge their phones forcing them to travel great distances and pay steep prices to juice up their phones at charging stations around 2 a charge This new device which is small enough to fit in a pocket along with a mobile device will sell for about 4 50 meaning that consumers will recover the purchase price by the third charge As a species humans are living in an increasingly industrialised habitat one crammed full of complex machines designed to perform often mundane tasks that we once accomplished with the twist of a wrist electric can openers or ancient technology plug in air fresheners In such an environment it is easy to forget that our bodies can do more than consume Image credits Triple Pundit Dynamo The pendulum has swung hopefully as far as it ever will in the direction of high tech solutions to low tech problems keyless ignition in luxury cars There is a backlash of low tech innovation largely a product of more sustainable thinking and good design This is not a coincidence In design less is more so it makes sense that some of the most ingenious innovations arise out of scarcity and improving efficiency A concept like CO2 free cell phone charging and transportation just makes sense Yet in the US people dump fossil fuels into gigantic hunks of metal to get around and plug cell phones into electrical grids powered by coal Why don t people

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