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What I want to do

Every Indian should have a right to explore his/her potential

What matters to me

That government does not deny the underprivileged their future by creating anti-poor policies

What inspires me

A smile on a child's face that shows learning.. when the bar is raised for people to achieve more, better, faster, sooner

Cambridge, MA USA

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Pratham Books
June 26, 2011

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!

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The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Yes

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Ask them to embrace OLPC as their approach to improve learning rather than continue on the path that they started that appeals to heart but does little for the minds!

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

Video : OLPC India and Satish Jha

ONE LAPTOP PER CHILD ASSOCIATION INC
June 26, 2011

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.

Photos

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Yes

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I will create a corpus of $10 million for OLPC India foundation and appoint a State Coordinator for each state along with an office, an assistant, a 1000 student demonstration in each state, a monitoring and evaluation cell and an advocacy group. $5 million spent annually on advocacy of OLPC India can change India faster and better than anything else can.

MY ROLE:
Donor & I donated 100 laptops.

Video : OLPC India and Satish Jha

Udayan Care
June 26, 2011

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.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Yes.. I have been to 20 schools where OLPC is being used and saw the difference it makes.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I will contribute to create a corpus, let it have a central office, ask Kapil Sibal to innovate with OLPC and start with just 1% children nationwide, monitor, evaluate and see the results rather than carry out policies that keep PCs in their boxes and purchased to benefit the vendors rather than students.

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I donated 40 laptops to a school.

Video : Katha School, OLPC India and Satish Jha