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JULY 2009 UPDATES
With the help of the UNDP in Phnom Penh, we helped donate 1000 XOs by finding hard-working hands-on organizations in Cambodia to give them to. This latest shipment from OLPC (One Laptop Per Child Org.) came with keyboards that were in the English and Khmer alphabets. This means that once the educational programs are translated into the Khmer language that these organizations will have the option of using Khmer, enabling many more poor students to use them without learning English first. Finding good English teachers for rural schools presents real hardships for many smaller organizations working in Cambodia. Afterall, it was Seymour Papert who said that everyone should have the right to learn in their own language.

02.11.07 ~ 02.14.07
Visit by CBS 60 Minutes film crew -- A small team came to capture images and sounds of the school and village to complement an up-coming segment on the OLPC Project. The team filmed students in Computer classes as well as students using laptops at home. They were impressed by the programs and by the students' attitude and aptitude towards
digital learning. The children's curiosity,
concentration and sense of fun will hopefully be conveyed to a wide audience when the segment is aired.

01.28.07
Professor Glorianna Davenport from MITís Media Lab gave a four-day workshop designed to explore story telling using digital photography and media-rich applications. The students produced projects and short movies made up of images and objects from the familiar world of Reaksmy Commune. The 45 children from grades 4 to 6 who participated in the workshop--look forward to sharing their experiences and projects with their peers.

Our Aim

  CAMBODIA~p.r.i.d.e. (Providing Rural Innovative Digital Education) is a non-profit foundation focused on bringing the most innovative computer education to the poorest rural primary schools in Cambodia. Through these efforts,
the foundation seeks to encourage students’ independent thinking
and problem solving,
with the goal of improving their quality of life.


Evolution

  In 1999,Elaine and Nicholas Negroponte built a five-room primary school in Reaksmy through a program with the World Bank and American Assistance for Cambodia. Their son Dimitri spent the following year in Reaksmy, setting up the village’s first computer room, installing an Internet connection via a donated satellite dish,and teaching the children English.
Since then, the effort has expanded to build three additional schools, and wells have been dug at all of these sites to provide water for school gardens and surrounding areas.

Reaksmy School’s unique Computer and English program will serve as a model for other schools to employ digital technologies to enable the rural children of Cambodia to think critically about the world around them and to empower these children to steer their own way to a bright and informed future.