CARE in aSia : "Counselling, Assessment, Rehabilitation & Education"
Make: Impact: Teach
We support clients and people to use technology for empowerment and living. Recent Covid-19 pandemic has revealed the importance of technology for every aspect of our lives. Below are videos, links, etc to some of the things we have been doing for many years.
The Nurturing Education
KancilBox Demo with IIAB
dLEAP Program for rural kids
We have come a long way with this group of children. - from piloting XO play sessions to complete XO laptop ownership over the years. Each participating children is given his/her own XO laptop in 2017 to take home. In 2019, we wanted to know if the XOs were well utilised and its physical condition after 2 years of ownership. The kids are maturing and circumstances have change our expectations. For example we are losing contact with the boys in our group. Some have to follow their parents into the jungle. Girls are our majority paticipants now. Recently, one new boy joined our group. He received a recycled XO and was able to learn how to replace its broken screen.
Observe the intensity at which the children is using the computers. He is learning various things on the functionality through play. Various educational programs are available on the XOs which is designed for children aged 6-11 years old.
HcUG Past: Empowerment
Originally HcUG was a acronym for HK computer User Group for Persons with Disabilities. A self-help group started in the late 80s it was awarded the Outstanding Self-help Organization in 1994 by the Hong Kong government. It was one of the very first digital inclusion program to empower individual with disabilities to be independent through assisitive technologies. HcUG received sponsorship from AT&T and donation from various sources to implement 1:1 computing to empower disABLED persons. HcUG hosted a multi-lines dial-in electronic Bulletin Board System (BBS) offering the world first split-screen text chat in Chinese to serve the community. The BBS System Operator (Sysop) who is a visually impaired individual embodied the spirit of that time: 'help and be helped". It came a long way from a project that started in the bed-room by the founder.
Getting IT Right
Time has passed and over the years computing and the internet pervade every aspect of our lives.
HcUG is now Holistic computing Usability Group. We explore holistic one2one (121) computing for learning by all ages - from the very young children to the aged. With price of computers droping rapidly (eg 4P netbook computing) and new educational computing devices, 121 computing is a dream come true for the masses. . HcUG specific mission is to promote and integrate technologies as: Cognitive, Action, Relation & Emotive (CARE) tools for living and learning (LIT)
Today and future challenges are similar requiring our openness to change how we do things for creating a better world we live in.
News: Hillary Clinton, 2010: "I was just in Uruguay, meeting with the out-going president and now-president Mujica, and their “one laptop per child (OLPC)” program has given a great boost to learning and access to the wider world'
Conference on 1:1 Educational coumputing initiatives around the world. Here is the link
Levelling the learning/playingfield with 121
To better opportunities for all
Why One Laptop Per Child?
One Laptop Per child (OLPC) is a pioneer in 121 computing for education of the poorest children in the world. It has produced a rugged laptop called the XO which is ideal for young children. We have started to understand more the functionality of the XO in various testing @NurtureLab.