Now that sounds great, right? But imagine the first thing that those kids will do once they get their hands on the computers; chatting, play games, look up their favourite celebrities, or maybe some even worse things on the internet. That wouldn't be good, would it? What was supposed to be making a revolution in education turned out to be a new problem throughout Australia. Parents will then be angry, instead of having more respect, towards Mr Rudd.
So now, there is a suggestion to include CoreChart into each of the computers. This is the same software that the Kyrgyzstan villagers are using to develop their microchip products. Retired electronics engineers have developed a proposal for the Australian PM to match his visionary one million free computers project with one million CoreChart licences in order to develop a world class knowledge based industry to fill in the void left by the departing or departed businesses like Electrolux, Mitsubishi, Motorola etc.
Imagine if 1 million Australian kids get their free computers with CoreChart pre-installed. They would then have a 10-year head start into a very sought after skill. Just look at how much CoreChart has changed the lives of those Kyrgyzstan villagers. These kids will then be able to fast track the development of world class ICT knowledge workers.
Andy Leong, a student of The University of Adelaide, South Australia, has set up a petition so that we all can support the suggestion. This petition is one of the channels that we are using to get the attention of the Australian government. Click on the title below to go to the petition:
In particular, note comment number 97 & 98 on the petition. These are from Colin Pridham, the Co-ordinator of the Kyrgyzstan project.
Now imagine if (with your help) the Kyrgyzstan people did get their chance to present their story in WCIT, and then the Australian government did agree to the proposal. That would definitely lift Australia’s image as a world champion in poverty eradication. It will be a very strong win-win situation, both for Australians and the poor people all over the world.
That is why we need to make sure both projects are a success. The synergy of this success will definitely change the world for the better.
So wait no more and sign the petition now!
And donate now to make the effect even bigger! (click the ChipIn! button on the top left side panel to donate)
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