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Nitish Kumar

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Review for Pratham Books, Bangalore, , India

Rating: 1 stars  

Pratham was a great initiative when it started. And like most successful initiatives, it has begun having greater faith in itself and allowed the emerging opportunities in the field of education to pass it by.

With initiatives like One Laptop per Child, Pratham's activities have become less attractive in order to produce what is possible, here and now, for the same amount of effort.

In teh same amount of money that Pratham spends on a child, OLPC can transform the child's future by an order of magnitude.

Using Pratham when OLPC became possible with the effort made by Negroponet to raise $250 million and collect some of the best minds in teh world in the field of education and technology to create a revolutionary initiative embodied in a laptop that works everywhere regardless of infrastructure and teaching resources, is a bit like using a landline phone to communicate when the cell phones have become widely available.

Pratham does not address the potential of a child. It only looks at what the government set as a guideline half a century ago.

Meanwhile, the world has changed. The needs of learning have changed. And Pratham continues to chug along the same old way when imagination has begun to fly and created greater and deeper divides between those with resources and those without.

Its time Pratham uses OLPC to improve its own effectiveness or winds down to let more modern approaches lead the world to bridge the divide.

OLPC has demonstrated in Uruguay that in 19 months 500,000 children, EVERY SINGLE CHILD in Uruguay can start learning like the best in the world do.

Pratham helps a child become a domestic help who needs to be trained.

OLPC helps them become critical thinkers, problem solvers who can hold to their own in any environment.

Time to rethink folks!

Role:  Professional with expertise in this field & Evaluated Pratham programs and OLPC.

Review for One Laptop Per Child Association Inc, Cambridge, MA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

One Laptop per Child (OLPC) seems to be one initiative in education that can transform the way a child learns more than nearly all educational innovations of the past century together. Sounds like a tall claim? Just check out Khairat school near Mumbai and Keekerwali in Shriganganagar, Rajasthan. Its an spiritual experience for those who want to see children discover themselves.

As OLPC says, children are born genius and society works hard to dumb them down. OLPC laptops help them discover the genius within.

What a great organization like Pratham may achieve in a decade, OLPC can help achieve less than in a year. Just try it out.

If one had to look at the ROI on education, ROI from a Rs 15000 investment in OLPC laptops will top nearly any investments anyone can make anywhere.

If you want to see the smile on a child's face for ever, try out OLPC laptops for every child in your school. If in doubt, check out Uruguay where EVERY SINGLE child learns with OLPC.

Ask Sandeep Surve of Khairat or Dr Veena Sethi of Udaan what they see in OLPC. And take the message to as many people as you can take it to.

Most of all take it to Kapil Sibal and every chief minister of various states in India. Ask them not to stand in the way of the future of the underprivileged Indian children.

Let them know that every child in India is as good as the best anywhere. Its the state policies and the education system that force them to forego their future and live an existence that would have been shameful a century ago.

Ask them to help children learn learning and make India a great country that it can become if all its children get the right education.

Right to education is meaningless with Right Education. Ask them to embrace OLPC.

Role:  Donor & I donated 100 laptops.

Review for Udayan Care, New Delhi, , India

Rating: 5 stars  

One Laptop per Child (OLPC) seems to be one initiative in education that can transform the way a child learns more than nearly all educational innovations of the past century together. Sounds like a tall claim? Just check out Khairat school near Mumbai and Keekerwali in Shriganganagar, Rajasthan. Its an spiritual experience for those who want to see children discover themselves.

As OLPC says, children are born genius and society works hard to dumb them down. OLPC laptops help them discover the genius within.

What a great organization like Pratham may achieve in a decade, OLPC can help achieve less than in a year. Just try it out.

If one had to look at the ROI on education, ROI from a Rs 15000 investment in OLPC laptops will top nearly any investments anyone can make anywhere.

If you want to see the smile on a child's face for ever, try out OLPC laptops for every child in your school. If in doubt, check out Uruguay where EVERY SINGLE child learns with OLPC.

Ask Sandeep Surve of Khairat or Dr Veena Sethi of Udaan what they see in OLPC. And take the message to as many people as you can take it to.

Most of all take it to Kapil Sibal and every chief minister of various states in India. Ask them not to stand in the way of the future of the underprivileged Indian children.

Let them know that every child in India is as good as the best anywhere. Its the state policies and the education system that force them to forego their future and live an existence that would have been shameful a century ago.

Ask them to help children learn learning and make India a great country that it can become if all its children get the right education.

Right to education is meaningless with Right Education. Ask them to embrace OLPC.

Role:  Volunteer & I donated 40 laptops to a school.