“We need technology in every classroom and in every student and teacher’s hand, because it is the pen and paper of our time, and it is the lens through which we experience much of our world.” – David Warlick
A message from Isabella Uribe:
Education is the answer to many of our problems, it is critical that we review our goals and focus on our new generations because they are the future of our world. As a college student at the University of South Florida I have been around an atmosphere filled with students of different cultures and living experiences. Recently I moved to the United States from Chile which was a large culture shock; the difference in consumerism and social norms was quite evident. There are many statistics showing that the United States has become the largest consumer and creator of ecological footprints, but what I find ironic is that with so much consumerism why isn't our money allocated in more merit goods? As I am studying to receive a degree in Entrepreneurship I have learned several things about our global economy and its recent trends, and the actions governments have taken towards this situations.
If you are reading this now, you are one of the 39% of the worlds population with access to the internet. That means that over 61% of the people on this planet do not have that privilege. Just imagine your life without a smart phone, computer, iPad, or even a GPS! The internet helps us communicate with others, organize our events, research information, advertise, watch videos, build businesses, and generate income. It's incredible how pertinent the internet has become for our progress and foundation. Our generation is so intertwined and dependent on technology that we need to start expanding this connectivity and accessibility to other social groups and give them the same opportunities. Just imagine all the children and families that are deprived for such a right! How many unique perspectives and minds don't have the capability to share their story and participate in our global progress!
When I had my first meeting with One Laptop Per Child, I realized how this could really help our society. Children desire to learn and deserve the opportunities that technology provides. Today so many of us use Google and search engines to find our more information and gain more knowledge, and just imagine if a child where able to figure out a little bit more about a language, or a culture, or even how to create a simple craft. Creativity is endless! Lets give them the first step. These laptops will support self-empowered learning and provide a world of opportunity for a lifetime . In my opinion, there are five basic necessities... Food, Water, Shelter, Clothing, and Internet.
This fundraiser will raise 20,000 dollars, which will result in 100 laptops that will be donated to Port Antonio Primary School in Jamaica. I chose Port Antonio, Jamaica because it is one of the most poverty stricken cities in Jamaica. Further, much of Jamaica is run by big-business resorts owned by private foreign companies. Hence, the opportunity for Jamaicans is limited to working for these companies for very low wages. Jamaicans have little opportunity to make a living on their own. This cycle of dependency can be broken through education and technology. Providing laptops for these children will create an impact on the community allowing for opportunity and growth. Give a man a fish, he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish, he eats for a lifetime!
Once we raise the $25,000, we will travel to Port Antonio and donate them to the children. The next few months will entail establishing this program with the Minister of Education in Jamaica, and working with the teachers of the school to implement the program in the classroom. I intend to visit Port Antonio on a regular basis to monitor and support the success of our efforts.
Please donate below and give the gift of education and technology to the children of tomorrow!
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