Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Why We Joined OLPCorps

We joined OLPCorps because we believe in the power of education and its ability to revolutionize the developing world. OLPC's use of technology as a vehicle to improve education is both obvious and ingenious. Anyone living in the United States can see how technology has revolutionized education in the past 10-15 years, creating a greater educational divide between developed and developing nations. We believe that providing computers and internet access to students in developing nations will close this growing divide and empower them to be a strong force in today's globalized world.

We support OLPC specifically because we believe in its core principles and beliefs. We love that OLPC values a grassroots approach, making sure that projects have local community involvement and support. Too often, international organizations try to impose programs that they have constructed without consulting the local population, which are rarely successful and end up wasting valuable time and money. I also love that OLPC works to put power directly into the hands of young people. Studies in the United States have shown that children make decisions (unconsciously) about their future, such as whether or not they will attend college, around age 11. It is incredibly important to empower children at a young age to believe that they can set high goals and achieve them. We can't wait to see how this new and innovative education program changes young children and their communities around the world.

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