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EDUCATION: Vale supports laptop program for aboriginal students



ONTARIO – Last week 50 aboriginal youth in Sudbury and Wahnapitae First Nation received a donation by One Laptop per Child (OLPC) Canada and Vale. The students will receive personal tablets designed by OLPC with children and communities in mind. The tablets feature dozens of pre-installed educational apps for skill development in areas such as literacy, math, science and aboriginal 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.

On Thursday April 14, youth participants of the N’Swakamok Native Friendship Centre received 25 tablets for use in the Centre’s AKWE:GO program and at home. The goal of the AKWE:GO program is to provide urban aboriginal children with the support, tools and healthy activities which will build upon and foster their inherent ability to make healthy choices.

At a community breakfast held on April 15, students of Wahnapitae First Nation also received 25 tablets for use in personal educational pursuits.

“OLPC is a program that we are very proud to support in Ontario and across Canada,” said Angie Robson, manager of corporate and aboriginal affairs for Vale’s Ontario Operations. “Through this program we are assisting Aboriginal youth in getting the most out of their studies and helping them reach their full potential.”

Additional information about the One Laptop per Child program is available at www.OLPCCanada.com.


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