[Linux-aus] [SLUG] $11.7m for OLPC Australia in the federal govt budget

Sridhar Dhanapalan sridhar at dhanapalan.com
Wed May 9 17:17:21 EST 2012

On 9 May 2012 13:13, Paul Shirren <shirro at shirro.com> wrote:
> On 9/05/12 12:19 PM, Sridhar Dhanapalan wrote:
>> A core belief of OLPC Australia is that technology cannot be
>> successfully deployed without teacher training and buy-in from the
>> school, children and community. Our programme to address that is
>> called One Education: http://www.one-education.org/
> If you want to look at the software download Sugar
> http://wiki.sugarlabs.org/go/Downloads
> Or if you want a slow half-arsed laptop wanabee buy a netbook.
> And if you want to get involved in an education project, Raspberry Pi
> has a much more interesting focus on stimulating interest in programming
> and engineering careers. And despite the closed source Broadcom
> contribution the project is much less of a cathedral and has actively
> sought out community involvement whereas OLPC, apart from a few
> conference give aways to the lucky few, is inaccessible to most of us.

Apples and Oranges. Would you give a four-year-old a Raspberry Pi and
expect them to learn to read?

"Our mission is to enhance learning opportunities for over 500,000
primary school aged children by providing each one with a connected XO
laptop as part of a sustainable training and support program, by

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