One laptop per child in Australia

In the Melbourne Age there is this report on the One Laptop Per Child Association

Red tape no red light for laptops

TheOne Laptop Per Child Association was set-up earlier this decade, the idea being to give laptops and help children in countries around the world learn computer skills and to help them step out of poverty.

The fact that it’s come to Australia however, should come as a bit of a wake-up call for us as a whole. Despite our ‘first world’ status economically, we are still not helping enough people who live in poverty, and provide decent opportunities.

It’s all well and good in the cities, but in rural and outback Australia, there are still big issues. But don’t take my word for it, I’m just writing from inner city Fitzroy!

Some further information on poverty:

Wikipedia – Poverty in Australia

Melbourne University – Poverty Lines

Salvation Army red shield appeal

Melbourne City Mission

Crikey.com reports on the Northern Territory Intervention

Just think about all the new roadssports stadiums and overpriced ticketing systems we now have; then imagine how many people could have been helped with that money.

Author: gotheek

Sometime writer, full time human.