Native Village
Youth and Education news
November 1, 2010, Volume 2

Canada: Children in aboriginal communities across Canada will be receiving free laptops.  5,000 computers loaded with special software will be given to them by The Belinda Stronach Foundation.

"I believe strongly in combining the power of technology and education and investing in our young people," said Stronach. Belinda was a federal cabinet minister and Magna International executive. She is now a social activist.

The green XO laptop computers are the same as those gifted by One Laptop Per Child. OLPC has donated up to 2,000,000 worldwide.

The computers are

The size of a small textbook. Feature built-in wireless  Are extremely durable, Save energy.

The laptops will be given to children ages 6-10.  Schools in aboriginal communities will help distribute them.

Each laptop includes basic programs and 8 software programs that focus on issues facing aboriginal youth. This enables then to connect with their cultures while gaining skills in technology. Programs include:

Dealing with issues like bullying and pressure to use drugs or alcohol.
Water safety.
Aboriginal music and how it works.
A virtual library with books by aboriginal authors.

Stronach's foundation hopes to partner with more governments to extend the program

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