[Sugar-devel] Private vs Public conversations.

Walter Bender walter.bender at gmail.com
Thu Oct 31 14:31:04 EDT 2013

On Thu, Oct 31, 2013 at 2:10 PM, Sameer Verma <sverma at sfsu.edu> wrote:

> Here's OLPC's mission, as a reminder:
> Mission Statement: To create educational opportunities for the world's
> poorest children by providing each child with a rugged, low-cost,
> low-power, connected laptop with content and software designed for
> collaborative, joyful, self-empowered learning.

I think we all share concerns about the future of OLPCA (Indeed, I
left OLPC in 2008 to start Sugar Labs in part because of my concerns
about strategy and pedagogy.) That said, I continue to work in support
of OLPC's efforts since I believe that they are still a viable vehicle
to reach millions of children. But Sugar Labs is not OLPC. And Sugar
Labs has a future independent of OLPC. In 2008 we made a decision as a
community to be agnostic about hardware to the extent possible and
that is reflected in our code. In 2010, we made the decision to make
HTML5/Javascript a first-class development environment for Sugar with
the goals of both reaching more kids and attracting more developers.
This is work in progress, but we (Manuq and Daniel) have made great
strides. We face further challenges ahead. But our mission remains:

to produce, distribute, and support the use of the Sugar learning
platform; it is a support base and gathering place for the community
of educators and developers to create, extend, teach, and learn with
the Sugar learning platform.


Walter Bender
Sugar Labs

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