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OLPC UNRWA Gaza : After a long wait Rafah adopts the XO

Also in Arabic: في اللغة العربية Students with their laptops, after putting their names on them. After a 10-month wait for approvals, the UNRWA OLPC core team, administrators, parents and children of Rafah took part in a brilliant beginning to the UNRWA OLPC program in Gaza, with a celebration event on April 29th. I was fortunate to spend the days beforehand with this team and their community. They worked tirelessly - children, parents, teachers, developers, and administrators - and it was inspiring to work with them. The Palestinian people have the optimism, resourcefulness, and dedication to turn a speck of dust into a garden. Not just any garden, but one that the entire community shares. And the XO has a special feature beyond its tech specs and activities - it can energize a community to have hope for their children.  One member of the core team, Jamil, remarked;  "This is XO is a humble machine, we can take it and do great things with it." They did. In a mere 12 weeks after their first intro to the XO, the Gaza core and community team: - prepared infrastructure - designed and gave workshops for 200 teachers and 12 administrators - introduced the XO to 2000+ students - helped these children introduce the XO to their parents - created a digital library - ported their own ILP learning games to run on the XO - integrated Memorize, Chat, Browse, & Speak into classroom activities - helped teachers begin distributing homework via the XO - witnessed initially skeptical parents begin to advocate at shops and mosques for XOs for all the children of Gaza Read the rest of this entry

PaleXO work with OLPC in the West Bank

The PaleXO volunteer team, whose Arabic language blog we recently added to our sidebar, has been working with the OLPC children in the West Bank for the past year. They've run some local installation events and software workshops, and are planning a Scratch Day to encourage kids to make Scratch activities.Read the rest of this entry

PaleXO + Opensource = PyXO!

PaleXO, a team of amazing and enthusiastic volunteers dedicated to working with the XO and supporting childhood education in Palestine, just hosted their first python workshop, cleverly titled PyXO! One of their members, Mohammad Nawahda, decided to start the dynamic team "to make sure PaleXOers get the proper training about Python to ensure they have what it takes to start developing some great local activities and customizing others." The workshop appeared to be a great success with tons of members from the community excited to get involved and gain basRead the rest of this entry

OLPC Afghanistan recap

Part of an ongoing series on OLPC in Afghanistan.

Since 2008, we have worked with the Afghan Ministry of Education to build capacity for OLPC in Afghanistan. The initial pilots over the past year have been with 4th-6th grade students, in MOE schools and community-based education groups.

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OLPC Arabic Forum!

As a way to learn from our recent deployments in the Middle East, a new Arabic forum is being launched to foster discussion and share experiences in the field with our many partners and supporters! Like our many resources in English, Spanish, and other languages, the forum hopes to link interested players with regards to XOs and childhood education in the Arab-speaking world.Read the rest of this entry

OLPC UNRWA Gaza : After a long wait Rafah adopts the XO

Also in Arabic: في اللغة العربية Students with their laptops, after putting their names on them. After a 10-month wait for approvals, the UNRWA OLPC core team, administrators, parents and children of Rafah took part in a brilliant beginning to the UNRWA OLPC program in Gaza, with a celebration event on April 29th. I was fortunate to spend the days beforehand with this team and their community. They worked tirelessly - children, parents, teachers, developers, and administrators - and it was inspiring to work with them. The Palestinian people have the optimism, resourcefulness, and dedication to turn a speck of dust into a garden. Not just any garden, but one that the entire community shares. And the XO has a special feature beyond its tech specs and activities - it can energize a community to have hope for their children.  One member of the core team, Jamil, remarked;  "This is XO is a humble machine, we can take it and do great things with it." They did. In a mere 12 weeks after their first intro to the XO, the Gaza core and community team: - prepared infrastructure - designed and gave workshops for 200 teachers and 12 administrators - introduced the XO to 2000+ students - helped these children introduce the XO to their parents - created a digital library - ported their own ILP learning games to run on the XO - integrated Memorize, Chat, Browse, & Speak into classroom activities - helped teachers begin distributing homework via the XO - witnessed initially skeptical parents begin to advocate at shops and mosques for XOs for all the children of Gaza Read the rest of this entry