ACCELN interview

Interview with Australian Council for Computers in Education Learning Network

Adam Holt and I were inter­viewed last night by the Aus­tralian Coun­cil for Com­puters in Edu­ca­tion Learn­ing Net­work about our not-​​for-​​profit work to improve edu­ca­tional oppor­tun­it­ies for chil­dren in the devel­op­ing world.

We talked about One Laptop per Child, OLPC Aus­tralia and Sugar Labs. We dis­cussed the chal­lenges of provid­ing edu­ca­tion in the devel­op­ing world, and how that com­pares with the developed world.

Aus­tralia poses some of its own chal­lenges. As a coun­try that is 90% urb­an­ised, the remain­ing 10% are scattered across vast dis­tances. The cir­cum­stances of these com­munit­ies often share both developed and devel­op­ing world char­ac­ter­ist­ics. We developed the One Edu­ca­tion pro­gramme to accom­mod­ate this.

These les­sons have been developed fur­ther into Unleash Kids, an ini­ti­at­ive that we are cur­rently work­ing on to sup­port the com­munity of volun­teers world­wide and take to the move­ment to the next level.