Contributors program/April 1, 2011

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[ AGENDA ]

* XO-1.5 production machines available:
  http://blog.laptop.org/2010/02/25/xo-1-5-early-production-laptops-free-to-contributors-worldwide/

* New projects & libraries -- teaching them Community Outreach:
  http://wiki.laptop.org/go/XO_Laptop_Lending_Libraries

* Which projects might you enjoy Mentoring below?!
  http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Projects
  http://rt.laptop.org/Search/Results.html?Query=Queue=%27contributors%27

* Fast Review of the 7 latest (greatest!) HW/Project Proposals -- please
  join us advocating for, and/or reviewing shortcomings of these proposals:

 #1 IT in Education - Benin
 #2 Village Education Project - Ecuador / Swarthmore, Pennsylvania
 #3 Ecole Mixte and Friends - Gonaive, Haiti
 #4 Helping with OS Releases/Customisation - Carnegie Mellon Univ, Pennsylvania
 #5 Think Big Nepal - Educating Children Rescued from Slavery
 #6 Game based applications to enhance literacy in Rural Kenya
 #7 Children Key of Life Project - Dem Republic of Congo/DRC, Zaire


[ PRE-GAME SHOW ]

<CanoeBerry> Hiya all, meeting getting moving late today!
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<Think> Is this where I can discuss my proposal?
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<Think> Hello, anyone. I am here to discuss my proposal to teach children rescued from slavery in Nepal
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<Think> Is there going to be a meeting here today?
<Think> cp info
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<Think> Kevix, am I in the right place now?
<kevix> yes!
<Think> Woo hoo!!!
<Think> I am both Think and LaurenY...
<kevix> look at the url to see the meeting adjenda
<LaurenY> I did, but it's just a very long list of various things
<LaurenY> Kevix, do I need to add myself to the agenda, or should I just wait here?
<kevix> wait here.
<kevix> not sure what the delay is
<LaurenY> Thank you
<CanoeBerry> Finally we're starting, for those who can stay.
<LaurenY> Yeah!
<CanoeBerry> Agenda here:
<CanoeBerry> http://lists.sugarlabs.org/archive/iaep/2011-April/012796.html
<CanoeBerry> Let's begin, and roll quick today so I don't miss my bus to NYC :)


[ PROJECT #1 - IT in Education - Benin ]

<CanoeBerry> Plz all help critique, mentor and/or vote for Project #1 here:
<CanoeBerry> IT in Education - Benin
<CanoeBerry>     http://rt.laptop.org/Ticket/Display.html?id=77626
<CanoeBerry>     SPECIFIC SITE NEEDS TO BE POSTED OFF http://olpcMAP.net & 
<CanoeBerry> http://j.mp/6UhCtd
<CanoeBerry>     Requests 1 XOs over 10 months
<CanoeBerry>     Project Objectives:
<CanoeBerry>     The project objective is to help children and the public learn to 
<CanoeBerry> use technology
<CanoeBerry>     and find information using computers and the Internet.
<CanoeBerry>     We provide services such as:
<CanoeBerry>     - Literacy courses
<CanoeBerry>     - Basic Computer Usage
<CanoeBerry>     - Word Processing
<CanoeBerry>     - Using Email
<CanoeBerry>     - Using the Internet
<CanoeBerry>     - Using Computers and the Internet to search for jobs / write résumés
<CanoeBerry>     - Specialized Internet search classes on specific topic (such as health
<CanoeBerry>       care, agriculture, etc...)
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<CanoeBerry> I'm willing to give this Benin group the benefit of the doubt.
<Improv> Hello
<CanoeBerry> With a starter kit of 1 or 2 XO-1s.
<CanoeBerry> Improv: hi!
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<Improv> This was kind of short notice for a meeting; don't have a lot of time to chat right now
<CanoeBerry> Any objections to Benin's admittedly very loose proposal?
<Improv> But I'm Pat Gunn (at CMU)
<CanoeBerry> With a mentor let's give Benin a tentative OK?
<CanoeBerry> Calling once..
<CanoeBerry> Calling twice..
<CanoeBerry> Calling thrice..
<CanoeBerry> TENTATIVE APPROVAL for Project #1 (Benin) if basic mentor/mentoring found.


[ PROJECT #2 - Village Education Project - Ecuador / Swarthmore, Pennsylvania ]

<CanoeBerry> Onto Project #2 - please all critique, mentor and vote for:
<CanoeBerry> Village Education Project - Ecuador / Swarthmore, Pennsylvania
<CanoeBerry>     http://rt.laptop.org/Ticket/Display.html?id=77660
<CanoeBerry>     SPECIFIC SITE NEEDS TO BE POSTED OFF http://olpcMAP.net & 
<CanoeBerry> http://j.mp/6UhCtd
<CanoeBerry>     Requests 10-20 XOs over 3 months
<CanoeBerry>     Project Objectives: (excerpt)
<CanoeBerry>     The new computer curriculum aims to give the children basic computing
<CanoeBerry>     literacy, including the skills they will need in high school (for
<CanoeBerry>     example, touch typing, word processing, email and Internet research
<CanoeBerry>     techniques) to place them on a more level playing field with their more
<CanoeBerry>     privileged classmates and to ensure that they have a solid foundation to
<CanoeBerry>     build on in their high school classes. OLPC’s XO laptops are especially
<CanoeBerry>     good for this purpose due to their portability, ease of charging, and
<CanoeBerry>     simple interface. More specifically, since our summer program ends with
<CanoeBerry>     a final exam, we aim to have at least 90 percent of our students pass
<CanoeBerry>     the exam on the computer curriculum. We are starting literally at the
<CanoeBerry>     beginning with these kids - most have never used a mouse - so the
<CanoeBerry>     outcomes will be especially visible not only in hard outcomes like their
<CanoeBerry>     test scores, but also in soft outcomes like quality of school projects,
<CanoeBerry>     and general readiness for school.
<CanoeBerry> Lots of solid community-centric work here it appears -- and basic awareness of Sugar?
<CanoeBerry> Who can mentor?  I'm happy with the look of this (maybe even 10 XO-1s sooner/later) if their understanding of Sugar/OLPC principles etc is confirmed:
<CanoeBerry> http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Core_Principles
<CanoeBerry> Thoughts?  
<CanoeBerry> Objections?
<CanoeBerry> Calling once..
<CanoeBerry> Calling twice..
<CanoeBerry> Calling thrice..
<CanoeBerry> TENTATIVE APPROVAL (for 2-XO laptop starter kit initially) if mentoring/mentor found.


[ PROJECT #3 - Ecole Mixte and Friends - Gonaive, Haiti ]

<CanoeBerry> Onto Project #3 - please all critique/mentor/vote for:
<CanoeBerry> Ecole Mixte and Friends - Gonaive, Haiti
<CanoeBerry>     http://rt.laptop.org/Ticket/Display.html?id=77921
<CanoeBerry>     http://friendsacademy1810.org
<CanoeBerry>     http://sbsgrade3kids.blogspot.com
<CanoeBerry>     SPECIFIC SITE NEEDS TO BE POSTED OFF http://olpcMAP.net & 
<CanoeBerry> http://j.mp/6UhCtd
<CanoeBerry>     Requests 5-9 XOs over 36 months
<CanoeBerry>     Project Objectives:
<CanoeBerry>     Friends Academy is seeking to establish a long-term partnership with
<CanoeBerry>     Ecole Mixte Choubert Alexis in Gonaives, Haiti, an accredited school
<CanoeBerry>     that was devastated in the 2010 earthquake. The school would be one of
<CanoeBerry>     several schools in our network. Our objective is to collaborate with
<CanoeBerry>     students around the world on the kinds of projects that require 
<CanoeBerry> teamwork,
<CanoeBerry>     complex communication, creativity, technical competence, and other 21st
<CanoeBerry>     century skills. These projects can take many forms. Imagine students at
<CanoeBerry>     one school creating storyboards, students at another school designing
<CanoeBerry>     the artwork, students at a third school composing the music, a forth
<CanoeBerry>     class producing the final video. This kind of project and those like it
<CanoeBerry>     differ from the usual correspondences and pen pal exchanges that 
<CanoeBerry> teachers
<CanoeBerry>     initiate with their international partners. We will also have these
<CanoeBerry>     initial exchanges, but expect more out of these partnerships in the
<CanoeBerry>     long-term. The projects we propose provide students with genuine
<CanoeBerry>     learning experiences. They also build friendships, cement relationships,
<CanoeBerry>     and bridge cultures. They require intense and sustained collaboration.
<CanoeBerry>     Apps like[ http://translate.google.com/ ] translate.google.com can help
<CanoeBerry>     with the language barrier. Email, wikis, and blogs allow us to network,
<CanoeBerry>     share and collaborate. These projects allow children to share their
<CanoeBerry>     stories, experiences, culture, values, ideas, and dreams. We believe
<CanoeBerry>     projects like these can be powerful and transformative. Students can
<CanoeBerry>     share, learn, and grow together. Technically, we hope they can build
<CanoeBerry>     on their skills. These projects tie in to our school's vision "to
<CanoeBerry>     develop students who have strong global literacy" and to one of our
<CanoeBerry>     technology goals "global communication and global awareness."
<CanoeBerry>     Teachers at the other schools will carve out their own goals. For one
<CanoeBerry>     teacher, these collaborations might be an avenue to teach English, for
<CanoeBerry>     others, it might be a way to teach the writing process, art, music,
<CanoeBerry>     or theater.
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<CanoeBerry> Sorry that was so long!
<Improv> Canoe: You were booted right after "SPECIFIC SITE NEEDS TO BE POSTED"
<CanoeBerry> :)
<Improv> So you can continue from there if you want.
<CanoeBerry> Trying again, in smaller chunks:
<CanoeBerry> Requests 5-9 XOs over 36 months
<CanoeBerry>     Project Objectives:
<CanoeBerry>     Friends Academy is seeking to establish a long-term partnership with
<CanoeBerry>     Ecole Mixte Choubert Alexis in Gonaives, Haiti, an accredited school
<CanoeBerry>     that was devastated in the 2010 earthquake. The school would be one of
<CanoeBerry>     several schools in our network. Our objective is to collaborate with
<CanoeBerry>     students around the world on the kinds of projects that require 
<CanoeBerry> teamwork,
<CanoeBerry>     complex communication, creativity, technical competence, and other 21st
<CanoeBerry>     century skills. These projects can take many forms. Imagine students at
<CanoeBerry>     one school creating storyboards, students at another school designing
<CanoeBerry>     the artwork, students at a third school composing the music, a forth
<CanoeBerry>     class producing the final video. This kind of project and those like it
<CanoeBerry>     differ from the usual correspondences and pen pal exchanges that 
<CanoeBerry> teachers
<CanoeBerry>     initiate with their international partners.
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<CanoeBerry> We will also have these
<CanoeBerry>     initial exchanges, but expect more out of these partnerships in the
<CanoeBerry>     long-term. The projects we propose provide students with genuine
<CanoeBerry>     learning experiences. They also build friendships, cement relationships,
<CanoeBerry>     and bridge cultures. They require intense and sustained collaboration.
<CanoeBerry>     Apps like[ http://translate.google.com/ ] translate.google.com can help
<CanoeBerry>     with the language barrier. Email, wikis, and blogs allow us to network,
<CanoeBerry>     share and collaborate. These projects allow children to share their
<CanoeBerry>     stories, experiences, culture, values, ideas, and dreams. We believe
<CanoeBerry>     projects like these can be powerful and transformative. Students can
<CanoeBerry>     share, learn, and grow together. Technically, we hope they can build
<CanoeBerry>     on their skills. These projects tie in to our school's vision "to
<CanoeBerry>     develop students who have strong global literacy" and to one of our
<CanoeBerry>     technology goals "global communication and global awareness."
<CanoeBerry>     Teachers at the other schools will carve out their own goals. For one
<CanoeBerry>     teacher, these collaborations might be an avenue to teach English, for
<CanoeBerry>     others, it might be a way to teach the writing process, art, music,
<CanoeBerry>     or theater.
<CanoeBerry> I've met very briefly in Boston w/ folks associated, looks good even if they have a long ways to go :)
<CanoeBerry> Objections?
<CanoeBerry> I suggest similar very tentative approval if a mentor is found.  I can help..
<CanoeBerry> Calling once..
<CanoeBerry> Calling twice..
<CanoeBerry> Calling thrice..
<CanoeBerry> TENATIVE APPROVAL if a mentor is found -- beginning with a starter kit of 2 XO-1s.


[ PROJECT #4 - Helping with OS Releases/Customisation - Carnegie Mellon Univ, Pennsylvania ]

<CanoeBerry> Onto Project #4 - please all critique/mentor/vote for:
<CanoeBerry> Helping with OS Releases/Customisation - Carnegie Mellon Univ, 
<CanoeBerry> Pennsylvania
<CanoeBerry>     http://rt.laptop.org/Ticket/Display.html?id=78001
<CanoeBerry>     http://dachte.org
<CanoeBerry>     SPECIFIC SITE NEEDS TO BE POSTED OFF http://olpcMAP.net & 
<CanoeBerry> http://j.mp/6UhCtd
<CanoeBerry>     Requests 1 XO-1 and 1 XO-1.5 over undetermined months
<CanoeBerry>     Project Objectives:
<CanoeBerry>     [In order to] help with OS packaging/customisation/builds. For example,
<CanoeBerry>     I would like to help with making smaller images without GNOME by
<CanoeBerry>     verifying the dependencies for the sugar components, and I would be
<CanoeBerry>     willing to otherwise assist in tracking down bugs in the system releases
<CanoeBerry>     and participate in meetings/Bugzilla to this effect. As a systems
<CanoeBerry>     programmer/admin, I know Fedora/RHEL/CentOS very well, and I have
<CanoeBerry>     experience customising them.
<CanoeBerry> Improv: would you like to intro yr work?
<CanoeBerry> Sounds great :)
<Improv> CanoeBerry: That's me, and I know some laptop.org folks (e.g. sj) and was going to get an XO-3 to help with hardware things when the hardware becomes available. I'd like an XO-1.75 as well, if/when available.
<CanoeBerry> Great!  Even if those 2 newer "potential" models are not available quite yet :)
<Improv> I'm not sure if this was the best way to request the hardware though, and would be happy to donate to offset cost.
<CanoeBerry> No prob.  Donations always accepted, but separately: http://laptop.org/action/donate
<CanoeBerry> Improv: Any recent updates to where you want to take this work?
<Improv> I'd be happy to help with everything from drivers/kernel stuff to general systems work.
<CanoeBerry> +1 is my vote, if it wasn't obvious.
<CanoeBerry> Improv: are you on devel@laptop.org ?
<Improv> My time for drivers/kernel stuff is more limited than general systems work because it's more involved.
<CanoeBerry> http://lists.laptop.org/listinfo/devel
<Improv> No. Maybe I should be?
<Improv> Oh, I've read the archives there occasionally
<Improv> I should sign up for it in digest form.
<CanoeBerry> Got it.  Join support-gang@laptop.org if you want higher level kid/teacher-relevant stuff too.
<Improv> I am not a Python wizard, more a systems wrangler. Still might be interesting.
<CanoeBerry> I can add you -- sg@l.o is privacy-walled so we can exchange kids photos / phone numbers etc.
<CanoeBerry> Let me know anytime.
<CanoeBerry> All: objections?
<CanoeBerry> Calling once..
<CanoeBerry> Calling twice..
<Improv> In any case, I would like my application to generally imply that I'm willing to help with beta hardware and other systems releases.
<CanoeBerry> Calling thrice..
<CanoeBerry> APPROVED.
<CanoeBerry> Thanks!


[ PROJECT #5 - Think Big Nepal - Educating Children Rescued from Slavery ]

<CanoeBerry> Onto Project #5 - plz all critique/mentor/vote for:
<CanoeBerry> Think Big Nepal - Educating Children Rescued from Slavery
<CanoeBerry>     http://rt.laptop.org/Ticket/Display.html?id=78050
<CanoeBerry>     http://www.childrenoftomorrow.org
<CanoeBerry>     http://www.nepalorphanshome.org
<CanoeBerry>     SPECIFIC SITE NEEDS TO BE POSTED OFF http://olpcMAP.net & 
<CanoeBerry> http://j.mp/6UhCtd
<CanoeBerry>     Requests 10 XOs over 12 months
<CanoeBerry> Project Objectives: (excerpts)
<CanoeBerry>     Theobjective of this project is to create a yearlong extracurricular
<CanoeBerry>     academic andmentorship program for 10 children—mostly girls—who have
<CanoeBerry>     been rescued fromslavery or abandonment in Nepal.Through the use of the
<CanoeBerry>     laptops, the program will encompass a wide-rangingcurriculum that will
<CanoeBerry>     enhance the children's understanding of themselves and theworld and will
<CanoeBerry>     foster cognitive, psychological and emotional development.
<CanoeBerry>     The curriculum will be divided into 3 parts; each part will take 4
<CanoeBerry>     months to complete:
<CanoeBerry>     The first part of the curriculum focuses on geography, peoples of
<CanoeBerry>     the world, cultures and religions.
<CanoeBerry>     The second part focuses on government, law and human rights.
<CanoeBerry>     The third part focuses on health, the environment and basic science.
<CanoeBerry>     Create a mentorship program between older and younger children in
<CanoeBerry>     order to maximize the program's benefits for years to come.
<CanoeBerry>     Enhance student interaction with each other through the use of
<CanoeBerry>     technology, fostering an innovative learning experience outside the
<CanoeBerry>     classroom.
<CanoeBerry>     The children will use the laptops to read given assignments, participate
<CanoeBerry>     in exercises, as well as to write their own newspapers and create their
<CanoeBerry>     own storybooks. Participants are responsible to teach some of what they
<CanoeBerry>     learn to the other children in the orphanage, fostering 
<CanoeBerry> communication and
<CanoeBerry>     mentorship skills. For this project, Children of Tomorrow is partnering
<CanoeBerry>     with Nepal OrphansHome (NOH), a nonprofit organization in Kathmanduthat
<CanoeBerry>     operates homes for children who’ve been orphaned, abandoned or
<CanoeBerry>     rescued from bonded labor. www.nepalorphanshome.org
<LaurenY> Hi, this is me. I'm an English professor and journalist and very dedicated to this project.
<CanoeBerry> LaurenY: You are also the most patient person I've ever met ;)
<CanoeBerry> Care to introduce yr work?
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<CanoeBerry> Very Briefly.
<LaurenY> Hi there. This is me. I am an English professor and journalist, and totally dedicated to this project
<CanoeBerry> LaurenY: have you used the Sugar software?
<CanoeBerry> Have you joined any of the OLPC-NYC events?
<LaurenY> No, but my partner has. I am creating the curriculum.
<LaurenY> No, I'd love to join any events available.
<CanoeBerry> Is yr partner subscribed to OLPC NYC's mailing list here http://lists.laptop.org/listinfo/olpc-nyc ?
<CanoeBerry> Can I add you?
<LaurenY> No, but I can make sure we do that right away. Yes, please add me!
<CanoeBerry> We're meeting tomorrow 8am-1pm at the Humanitarian Free/Open Workshop at Bergen Community College, care to join :-)
<CanoeBerry> Too techie perhaps!
<CanoeBerry> Northern NJ, in Paramus.
<LaurenY> Sure...I am always interested in learning
<LaurenY> I just want to help these children get the best education possible, so I am always open to learning as much as possible!
<CanoeBerry> Did you contact http://olenepal.org and what did they say?
<LaurenY> Yes. I actually drove to Boston and met with Rabi at Harvard when he was in the US a few weeks ago. I am going to work with him, but he said he does not have 10 laptops to lend
<CanoeBerry> PS don't hesitate to join us 7:30AM @ Secaucus Jct Station if you want a free ride tomorrow morning.
<CanoeBerry> Cool, you met Rabi!
<CanoeBerry> I could bring you a few laptops tomorrow morning to get started if nec?
<LaurenY> That would be terrific.
<LaurenY> Rabi was very impressive. He was speaking at Kennedy School of Govt, and we met for coffee beforehand. I picked his brain about his projects, and learned a lot
<LaurenY> We've been in touch since and I'm going to do some literacy workshops for his schools when I start my project.
<CanoeBerry> Are you sure you're able to wake up so early tomorrow?!  Would be wonderful but just checking -- would you drive direct to 400 Paramus Drive (Bergen Comm Coll) ?
<CanoeBerry> Wicked.
<LaurenY> Yes, I would drive straight there, because I'm outside of the city and it's just easier to drive.
<CanoeBerry> If you drive direct, meet 8am @ 400 Paramus Dr.
<CanoeBerry> If you take public transit, meet *BY* 7:30am @ Secaucus Junction Station, at the car pickup at the bottom of the escalators.
<LaurenY> Okay, that sounds great. I'm so excited to get started.
<CanoeBerry> Let me know.
<LaurenY> I will just drive to the community college and find you guys. Who should I ask for?
<CanoeBerry> All: thoughts? objections? mentoring, etc to help along this project?
<CanoeBerry> Ask for OLPC NYC / Princeton Engineers Without Borders.
<CanoeBerry> Thanks!
<CanoeBerry> Calling once..
<CanoeBerry> Calling twice..
<CanoeBerry> Calling thrice..
<LaurenY> Okay. I look forward to it. Thank you so much.
<CanoeBerry> APPROVED for starter kit of 2 XO-1s, followed by 8 more later if progress/blogging demonstrated.  (Standard deal our community asks for, a blog sharing your adventures/progress via http://planet.laptop.org and http://olpcMAP.net !)
<CanoeBerry> LaurenY: Lunch included 12 noon to 1pm, can you confirm?
<CanoeBerry> The event requires RSVPs, I will RSVP for you but just let me know.
<LaurenY> Sure, I'm definitely going to come. I think it'll be a great learning experience. I can pay whatever it is.
<CanoeBerry> No payment required except the sweat of yr brow!
<CanoeBerry> Serious about that part ;)
<CanoeBerry> Start your blog today at http://wordpress.com if poss.
<CanoeBerry> Onto Project #6 now..
<LaurenY> Excellent! By the way, we already started a blog at thinkbignepal.blogspot.com
<CanoeBerry> Great, sorry I forgot!
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<CanoeBerry> Remember to syndicate that within http://planet.laptop.org and off of http://olpcMAP.net after a couple more posts :)


[ PROJECT #6 - Game based applications to enhance literacy in Rural Kenya ]

<CanoeBerry> OK, onto Project #6 now - plz all critique/mentor/vote for:
<CanoeBerry> Game based applications to enhance literacy in Rural Kenya
<CanoeBerry>     http://rt.laptop.org/Ticket/Display.html?id=78380
<CanoeBerry>     SPECIFIC SITE NEEDS TO BE POSTED OFF http://olpcMAP.net & 
<CanoeBerry> http://j.mp/6UhCtd
<CanoeBerry>     Requests 10 XOs for undetermined months
<CanoeBerry>     Project Objectives:
<CanoeBerry>     To empirically measure the impact of low cost technologies use in
<CanoeBerry>     enhancing literacy for kids from Bottom of Pyramid in Kenya.
<CanoeBerry>     To establish design features that enhance learning for rural kids.
<CanoeBerry>     To make a contribution towards digitizing learning in Kenya and the 
<CanoeBerry> region
<luigi_bol> Hey I'm Luis from Bolivia, i'm very interesting in your blog, because i'm doing a similar project :-)
<CanoeBerry> Applicant is preparing well with http://ntugiSchool.com folks nearby in Kenya..
<Yellow-Lime-41> Project #3
<CanoeBerry> Project #3 received "TENTATIVE APPROVAL if a mentor is found -- beginning with a starter kit of 2 XO-1s"
<Yellow-Lime-41> Great!
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<CanoeBerry> Motion for Starte Kit of 2 XO-1 laptops?
<CanoeBerry> Or perhaps even a larger shipment if the Kenya applicant continues to prove his salt?
<CanoeBerry> Objections?
<KGMac> so moved
<CanoeBerry> Calling once..
<CanoeBerry> Calling twice..
<CanoeBerry> Calling thrice..
<CanoeBerry> TENATIVE APPROVAL for 2-10 XO-1s depending on mentoring / blogging in coming weeks :)


[ PROJECT #7 - Children Key of Life Project - Dem Republic of Congo/DRC, Zaire ]

<CanoeBerry> Onto Final Project #7..
<CanoeBerry> Plz all critique/mentor/vote for:
<CanoeBerry> Children Key of Life Project - Dem Republic of Congo/DRC, Zaire
<CanoeBerry>     http://rt.laptop.org/Ticket/Display.html?id=78464
<CanoeBerry>     SPECIFIC SITE NEEDS TO BE POSTED OFF http://olpcMAP.net & 
<CanoeBerry> http://j.mp/6UhCtd
<CanoeBerry>     Requests 20 XOs for 12 undetermined months
<CanoeBerry>     Project Objectives:
<CanoeBerry>     Although it has been a really long time since the computer was 
<CanoeBerry> developed,
<CanoeBerry>     the computer has become an object of great importance to day, be it any
<CanoeBerry>     workplace and any profession. The uses and applications of computers are
<CanoeBerry>     vast and un-ending. Computer literacy has become a pre-requisite while
<CanoeBerry>     appearing for almost every odd interview. Since it is a known fact that
<CanoeBerry>     today’s children will grow up to become responsible adults of tomorrow,
<CanoeBerry>     they must be introduced to the basic technology that currently rules 
<CanoeBerry> the world.
<CanoeBerry>     According to that reality we have gote that ideas to make this 
<CanoeBerry> project in
<CanoeBerry>     order to providing this knowledge to our children is like preparing them
<CanoeBerry>     for the future.
<CanoeBerry> But According to the successive wars here in our country (DR Congo) many
<CanoeBerry>     children does't use these software because of life is more hardful,
<CanoeBerry>     parents are not able to pay laptop, it means that the laptops are using
<CanoeBerry>     only for the noble and rich families..
<CanoeBerry>     That is the reason why our Project will allow those vulnerable children
<CanoeBerry>     (all kind of children without eny discrimination )to introducing them to
<CanoeBerry>     that new technology so that This will give them an introduction to the
<CanoeBerry>     syllabus that he will be taught in further professional courses and to
<CanoeBerry>     allow them to get a job...
<CanoeBerry>     Our Project is from the Bible "Paulm 30:11 that says, you have turned
<CanoeBerry>     my mourning into dancing you have sut off my sacclother and clothed me
<CanoeBerry>     with gladness"
<CanoeBerry>     Really we need to help our community with this new system of education.
<CanoeBerry> I don't understand this project, and how it advances OLPC principles etc here:
<CanoeBerry> http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Core_Principles
<CanoeBerry> But perhaps i need to read more.
<CanoeBerry> Needs strong mentoring.
<CanoeBerry> I vote -1 until we learn more about their about and vision.
<CanoeBerry> 20 is above our guidelines regardless.
<CanoeBerry> Calling once..
<CanoeBerry> Calling twice..
<CanoeBerry> Calling thrice..
<CanoeBerry> ON HOLD
<CanoeBerry> Thanks all for a great quick meeting!
<CanoeBerry> Have a great weekend all!
<KGMac> you too.  happy april.
<Yellow-Lime-41> Thanks.  I'm new. Came in during discussion of #6. Is there a way to view previous conversation?
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