[Olpc-open] A Right To Learn Freely (from waveplace)
timothy at immuexa.com
Thu Apr 10 14:06:40 EDT 2008
Here's an article from our latest Waveplace newsletter, which might
be of interest to OLPC and Etoys enthusiasts:
A Right To Learn Freely
A child has the right to their own wonder, to their enthusiasm, to
their innate curiosity as they explore the world around them. A child
has the right to ask questions and be heard, to hear answers from
adults without impatience or contempt. A child has the right to
create beauty as their heart compels them, to be encouraged in their
community without fear of apathy or ridicule. A child has the right
to learn freely.
Too often we adults get caught up in ourselves, in the demands of
each day as we try to survive. Nowhere is this more true than in the
poorest areas of the world, where survival demands its due in every
moment of every day. Too many of our children have the eyes of
adults, weary well beyond their years, their wonder stolen much too
But there's a new hope this year, arriving in the form of little
laptop computers from OLPC. With these new laptops, Waveplace
Foundation is teaching Caribbean kids to become digital storytellers,
to use these little machines to help nurture their talents for the
benefit of all.
As adults, we see computers as a tool for our work. We see only their
pragmatic side, and so think of computers as a necessary job skill.
At Waveplace, we see something else as we watch children with their
new laptops. We see pride in their eyes at being given such a special
gift. We see excitement as they learn to do wondrous new things. We
see determination to solve the next puzzle, a look we imagine on
their faces in the future as they tackle the world's troubles.
To a child, having their own laptop is like having a special
confidant, a secret sharer, one with infinite patience and continual
encouragement. In the Waveplace course, children learn to program
these computers, which is a creative and effective way to teach
problem solving. The confidence they get when they're able to do this
is incredible. It's changing how they feel about all learning. They
become more enthusiastic and more engaged.
More than this, these laptops connect them to the world. Just as
books have carried wisdom through the ages, these computers connect
children to teachers and students from afar. Even as the harshness of
their home begins to crush their spirit, these laptops are a window
to what's possible, to the certain knowledge that they have a right
to learn, and grow, and dream.
Not bad for two-hundred bucks.
The rest of the newsletter can be found here, which includes news
from our St John pilot, which concluded two weeks ago:
You can also subscribe to get our newsletter mailed monthly:
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