Groups of chidren, using the Internet, can teach themselves anything. Provided they can read and understand. Over the last 13 years, these results have been proven over and over again.
We need inexpensive, reliable and free public access to the Internet for children. The original 'Hole in the wall' model does that, but it is relatively expensive and maintenance intensive.
We need a new way. I believe tablets or similar devices embedded into walls can be an effective way. Will children self organise around a 'Tablet on the wall'? Will the device survive? We need to find out.
What We Need & What You Get
We need USD 25000 to do this. Why not get it from an organisation? Because I want, this time around, to make the design in the public domain, so that no one can claim rights to it. There will be no 'intellectual property'.
The funds will go into the research account of Newcastle University with clear instructions that the resultant design will be in the public domain.
We will use this money to create and test two prototypes. This includes hardware, software and the necessary engineering to keep it going. Once this is done, the rest of the money will be used to set up public access for children in the slums and villages of India. We will create at least 10 installations, and more if funds allow.
All results will be published on the web and elsewhere. As contributors, you will have access to materials more detailed than what others get.
Should you wish to visit any of the sites in India, you will always be welcome.
From past results and experience, approximately 300 children can share one access point. By the end of this project, at least 3000 disadvantaged children would have been impacted. This number will continue to increase through the life of the device used for access as children grow up and new children begin to interact.
We would have created a new way for children who do not have access to good schools and teachers. A design that anyone can freely copy and use anywhere.
You can get a feel of what the money does from the video clips at www.sugatam.wikispaces.com
Other Ways You Can Help
If there are engineers willing to help design the product, please feel free to contact me. Money is not the only thing this project needs.
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