Hopedale Youth Get Big Tech Boost From Vale
Hopedale, Newfoundland and Labrador, July 19 2016 – Youth at the Nanuk Community Centre now have access to 20 tablets and 2 computer stations, thanks to an application by AngajukKak Marjorie Flowers to the not-for-profit organization One Laptop per Child (OLPC) Canada. “Times have changed so quickly in our community and technology is a must, especially for our Youth” said Flowers. “I am so excited to have our Nanuk Center chosen to receive these awesome computers and tablets. It will give our youth a chance to have free access to technology they may not have at home”.
The new tablets feature dozens of pre-installed educational apps for skill development in areas such as literacy, math, science and Indigenous cultures and languages. Each tablet also features a library of more than 100 e-books, including children’s stories by First Nations, Métis and Inuit authors. The computer stations feature a content rich operating system called Endless, designed specifically for people without reliable access to internet. Youth at the Centre now have access to a full electronic encyclopedia, budgeting and resume programs, educational games and much more.
Perry Blanchard of Vale with Hopedale residents Marjorie Flowers, Ashley Able and Erin Able (4 years old)
Since 2011, OLPC Canada has provided educational technology to more than 60 Indigenous education programs in 9 provinces and 2 territories. The donation to the Nanuk Centre was made possible by Vale, a founding partner of OLPC. “OLPC is a program that we are very proud to support in Newfoundland and Labrador and across Canada,” said Peter Langlois, Director of Labrador Operations at Vale. “Through this program we are assisting Indigenous youth to access the latest learning tools and reach their full potential.”
About One Laptop per Child Canada
One Laptop per Child (OLPC) Canada enhances education for Aboriginal youth with technological tools designed for 21st century learners. For more information, please contact Jennifer Martino, Executive Director, OLPC Canada ([email protected])or 647-530-5303. www.olpccanada.com
About Vale Canada
Present in over 30 countries, Vale is the world’s largest producer of iron ore and pellets, key raw materials for the steel industry, and one of the largest producers of nickel, which is used to produce stainless steel, batteries, special alloys, chemicals and other products. The company also produces copper, manganese, ferroalloys, potash, bauxite, alumina, aluminum and coal, among other raw materials important to the global industrial sector and present in people’s daily lives.
Father and son Julius and Timothy Ford explore their new tablet
Sara Lou Tuglavina, 6 years old, with a new tablet at the Nanuk Centre