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To give acess to every children in the world to free, good and interesting education through web based services.

What if...?
We yet don´t know how the Universe begun...But we know how great ideas spark. A great deal of big ideas spark with a question: What if…? So… what if everyone could have elite-class education available for free on the most diverse topics. Can you imagine it? The possibilities of learning about anything the human conscience have yet dwelled? What if the children in Ethiopia could learn aero engineering? What if the people at Uruguay could learn, investigate and expand its thoughts about the same extent that people studying in the best Universities of the world? What if the leaders at G-20 could learn about peace? What if nations could learn about it´s neighbors? Maybe then would they stop fearing each other? What if more and more people could ask this exact same question? What if…What if the best of the best minds of the world could be reached and understood by everyone? What if a top-notch education was a reality and not a dream in the 21st century?

How to do this?
To give people access to worldwide, good and free education would not be that hard at all. Each one of us here know something useful to somebody else. You may know the four basic math operations but some poor child may not. You may know English literature much better than me, (my first language is Brazilian Portuguese, what does not hold me for liking Jack Kerouac).
The quest is simple if each one of us can "write" a class on a easy topic and someone else can digitalize it(through Flash, AAF, or any interesting way of presenting it) to a three minute video we could have a great database to children to learn from.

I would love to hear your thoughts on this. Anyone thinks this is achievable?

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  • Apr 24 2011: hey guys, I am from France so in advance sorry for my english. Anyway, how much do you think cost a laptop? 200-300 dollars maybe you can get it for 150-200 if you find some help. So for a class of 10 to 20 students, it is going to be around 4000 dollars.
    How much would it cost to hire a teacher of to form one per year? It depends for which country, but I would say according to wages in developing countries 1500 dollars. Then for the price of laptop for 20 kids you can pay a teacher for 3,5 years... it is around the same time period that life expectancy for a laptop...
    The idea is great and of course it would be great to give all kids very good education and I really think education is the main ingredient for change and development but isn't it too easy imagining giving the same knowledges to all kids in the world. As Huntington said, we consider as "westerners" some knowledges more important than others while in some other places in the world customs are more valuable for example.
    One more time it is a great idea but you have to consider in this situation humanity as the amount of all the members rather than as a whole to give your project a chance...
    Anyway, I am really willing to help you in any way with this idea.
    Good luck

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