I came across a friend who was asking about educational software that is using Ubuntu on a forum which popped an idea in my head as I have plenty of contacts for computers here in Cebu as well as Manila. What I am looking to do is a bit different to what I have seen here. I often hear of people requesting entire computer suites for their schools via donations but to be honest in most cases its just not viable. The electricity costs for a start as well as the fact many schools don’t even have an electrical connection. The other thing being they don’t need so many computers. Also with Microsoft paying the Police here to investigate the cost of licensing PC’s can be as much as buying a machine.
So what I came up with is a budget computer system that is a Pentium 4 PC. They do everything that is needed for classroom exercises but also they are more robust than newer machines and don’t suffer with the climate as much. They will come with a TFT monitor over CRT to save on electricity and be preinstalled with Edubuntu which is a FREE educational addon to the FREE Ubuntu operating system. Now you may be thinking free doesn’t mean its any good well let’s put it this way its starting to get used more and more in classrooms and libraries because it can do what is needed and not only isn’t it overpriced like Microsoft Windows its actually a free and very stable product.
Now if your wondering what do the kids get from this system I have added a Youtube video below that runs through some of the functionality :-
I will initially be looking to role the scheme out on Cebu purely because I can offer some support and training but at the same time I am hoping other people in other areas will take an interest in this project to role it out in other Islands. The cost of machines will be P8,500 each which pretty much covers everything they need to get up and running.
Now if your looking to donate towards the project you can also do this as I am looking to start the first project at Minglanilla Central school so we are looking to get the initial finance for their first machines. Please email me for donation information :- firstname.lastname@example.org we are currently setting up the Paypal system to receive the funds which should be live within the next week.
Now this is another part of the same project but I am looking for people who have tried and tested sustainable power development. As some of the schools are in remote locations and have no electricity I am looking for people to come up with designs and information on construction of power generation on a “per PC” basis as the projects we are doing is more about putting a PC in every school than 40 in one place.
So any help on that will be appreciated greatly..