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HP mobile technology helps improve access to education in underserved communities worldwide
Posted on 5-Feb-2004 08:07 | Filed under: News

HP mobile technology helps improve access to education in underserved communities worldwide
HP together with the World Economic Forum, announced the recipients of the 2004 Davos Companion (HP iPAQ Pocket PC) donation. For the second consecutive year, over 600 mobile devices will be donated to international organizations which mission is to promote the effective use of Information Communication Technology (ICT) for social and economic development. Through mobile technology, people and entrepreneurs in local communities will benefit from better access to education, healthcare services and employment opportunities.

The donation arises from HP's technology partnership with the World Economic Forum. Since the 2001 World Economic Forum's Annual Meeting, HP has provided the world leaders in business, government, religion, academia and civil society with the latest mobility solutions on the market. This year, approximately 1800 HP iPAQ Pocket PCs h4150, were handed-out to participants - to browse the event's programme, to send emails and access important information during the meeting.

"Over the years, HP has been supporting sustainable development projects aimed at transforming the digital divide into an opportunity for growth," said Debra Dunn, senior vice president Corporate Affairs and Global Citizenship, HP. " Our partnership with the World Economic Forum goes into this direction. As a company, we believe technology is a true equalizer of social and economic opportunities."

"Inline with the previous Annual Meeting, the purpose of the donation is to extend and make the technology experience of our participants accessible to developing countries" said Malte Godbersen, senior director Information Technology, World Economic Forum. "This donation is another effective example of our mission to improve the state of the world."

The 2004 grantees are:

Bridges.org - Reducing Poverty Through the Use of Technology

In South Africa, Bridges.org intends to apply iPAQ technology to aid in the collection of census data on low-income households and homeless people - data that is then used to strengthen negotiations for resources such as land, housing, government grants and employment opportunities.

Jordan Education Initiative (JEI) - A Model for Effective e-Learning Deployment.

The JEI initiative is a public-private partnership that accelerates educational reform in Jordan by unleashing the innovation of teachers and students through the effective use of technology. The JEI will impact 50'000 students and 2'300 teachers in 100 selected Discovery schools, using an innovative blending learning model.

The classrooms in these schools will have a laptop and a projection system, allowing access to technology-rich curricula in maths, sciences and other subjects under development by JEI partners. The recipient schools will (1) integrate the iPAQs into the Ministry of Education Learning platform in order to assist school administrators in the management of schools and (2) integrate the iPAQs into the e-curricula to assist in collaborative learning projects among students.

Previous grantees are:

Satellife - Educating Health Workers and Patients in Uganda

In 2003, approximately 300 iPAQs were donated to Satellife to improve health in the world's poorest nations through the innovative use of ICT. Patients in Uganda are already receiving better healthcare due to the improved access to up-to-date medical information the mobile devices provide to local physicians;

WorldLinks - Training Entrepreneurs, Creating Local Solutions

In 2003, approximately 300 iPAQs were donated to WorldLinks to connect and train teachers and children in developing countries to improve education and employment opportunities. In Brazil, mobile devices are being integrated into the curriculum at schools and in India, HP mobile technology is used to teach science in schools in New Delhi and in rural areas near Bangalore.


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