Som’My Activities: past seven or eight days or so

Saturday, 29 March 2008

The Aklan Press club inaugurated it’s Saturday Morning’s get together this Easter Sunday and it was covered live over several radio stations in Kalibo. Afterwards I had a by-chance talk with none other than Isagani Yambot President and Publisher of the largest circulated Broadsheet in the Republic. He looked like a friendly person so I just asked him who he was. (I was listening to the Radio that morning and arrived their very late). We exchanged E-mail addresses and I gave him an account of my and other’s work around El Mundo IRT OLPC and it’s current status, I also told him I’d like Tim and Rowen the kids from Bulican (anyone under 29-30 is a kid at our ages)joke to demo the XO-1 later at his office.

A little bit about these two kids they are not rich and neither am I, they are just a couple working students(recent grads?) who are passionate about bringing change to our country!

This week in the Philippines is the start of summer vacation for all Public Schools so most every single teacher around was very busy with Graduation Rehearsal’s, students report cards, summer requests, other reports… I have been pushing the teachers very hard to give me information, support & feedback on “What do we want to do with these <E-Slates>

I’ve been trying to pound into them “THIS IS NOT A LAPTOP PROJECT” “Cyber-Education is a Paradyne shift” in a VERY MAJOR SENSE!

The first draft proposal http://wiki.laptop.org/go/OLPC_Philippines_Unang_Liwanag went on about we are going to teach the children HOW to use a computer “Wrong Answer” does a book teach you how to work a printing press? <one of many of my comebacks> another was something about a cellphone teaching you how to ??? I forget. Those of you reading this please ask the question what is Cyber-Ed really.

To me it’s a way and a means for young children to Learn!! weather or not they have money even to buy a pencil and pad of paper, weather or not the school has enough text books, classrooms or EVEN HAS A TEACHER!

Thursday Senator mar Roxas was in town for a graduation as guest speaker along with Cong. Miraflorez I waited for a long time talked with the office staff but was not able to meet with him.

Friday 1. tried to get meeting with Vice Gov. Calizo (whom also is the previous Congresswoman) 2. Recruited IT Staff of Aklan Provincial Capital to assist me with tech support of Unang Liwanag 3. Same also with Seatac systems.

Today I very briefly spoke to Congressman Miraflorez after the saturday morning Kapihan all he said “keep me informed” as of yet I don’t/never have had a XO-1 or beta or alpha several loaners were promised and finally one has been shipped If it clears customs this coming week my 4th grade graduated daughter might become the first pinoy child to own a XO-1 people have requested pictures and soon I will post them on the wiki <CC-BY-SA-3.0>

Also today: My Daughter Michelle’s Grad from grade 4 and niece’s grad from grade 1 as I said prior on the Wiki. I decided not to ask that my daughter’s school be the pilot school it would not be right, but maybe the second, third, or ??th Also My wife and her cousin received the only letter of appreciation for thier making of breakfast for school’s feeding program I hope their is money available this coming year to continue with the program.

Next week:TBD

My Mass Mailing

Saturday, 29 March 2008

Greetings to all,
It’s looking very likely that THE Philippines National Cyber-Education Pilot Project WILL HAPPEN this coming school year at Kalibo ES-II / Aklan Special Education Center there are still a couple of obstacles to overcome yet, ie. with the local logistics, customs clearance, and approval/rejection from DepEd, I am planning to have a Demonstration of the XO-1 Children’s Computer AKA: “the $100 Laptop” at the Kalibo, Aklan Press Club’s “Kapihan Saturday Breakfast” in a few weeks time.

For those of you whom I have not personally spoken with IRT this International Project, here is some background info previously sent to PDI-Publicist Isagani Yambot among others;

Hello sir, their has been some talk on the internet this last holy-week that Don Bosco Tech. College and PBSP are going to run this CyberEd pilot project but as of today it is not true, it will only to be proposed to the Don Bosco tech board later this month.
http://blogs.inquirer.net/m-ph/2008/03/18/olpc-here-and-now/

http://wiki.laptop.org/go/The_OLPC_Wiki

http://wiki.laptop.org/go/OLPC_Philippines

Unang Liwanag proposal
@Kalibo Elementary School II / Aklan Special Education Center
http://wiki.laptop.org/go/OLPC_Philippines_Unang_Liwanag& My personal contact and other info:


BBC NEWS | Technology | Factfile: XO laptop


Some Photo’s of school children with XO-1′s

http://wiki.laptop.org/go/OLPC_Nigeria/Galadima
http://wiki.laptop.org/go/OLPC_India/Khairat_school
http://wiki.laptop.org/go/OLPC_Peru/Arahuay
http://wiki.laptop.org/go/OLPC_Thailand/Ban_Samkha/trial-200705
http://wiki.laptop.org/go/OLPC_Uruguay/Cardal
http://wiki.laptop.org/go/OLPC_Mongolia/Ulaanbaatar

2 of 3 Nepal schools starting classes next month.
http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Bashuki_Journal
http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Bishwamitra_Journal

http://wiki.laptop.org/go/OLPC_Solomon_Islands started classes last month?

other countries involved to varying degrees see list@
http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Category:Countries

As you can see none of these are in a City like Manila but are provincial schools more akin to Aklan in general.
I’ve been planning to continue to discuss this with Cong. Joben Miraflores, (I’ve not gotten back with him IRT this since Nov 2007 since I was not yet able to get a demo Laptop from any one yet (
worldwide deliveries of production XO-1′s should be caught up in the next couple of weeks).

One last misleading press item
http://www.linuxworld.com/news/2008/012908-23000-linux-pcs-forge-education.html
he mentions the OLPC XO-1 near end of article about
Computer’s for Philippine Public High Schools and not Elementary School Level plus they were not yet in mass production back in Nov 2007.

Hello World

Saturday, 29 March 2008

Hi from the tropical island of Panay.

It was suggested that I startup a blog, wiki or what ever ??? As their has been so much said in so many “separate” forums ie. Multiply.com Freindster.com, Facebook.com the olpc wiki’s Philippines pages…. and on + on to infinitum. With forth many, sometimes misleading or even false things have been said to those of whom subscribe to said particular site <sorry LogOn Required to View this link> I myself this last 2+ years or so have created accounts at so many places with so many passwords and so many syntax peculiarities bb.c [url|http://thislink] wikimedia syntax(MyCurrentFav) html loose xml strict not to mention PHP, pearl or java codeing errors which have caused my long post to simply evaporate on after pressing the [post] or [publish]

Enough ranting on IRT not so open source sites

Hello World!


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