Text for tech: You can help Aussie kids in remote communities get access to laptops.
Text for tech: You can help Aussie kids in remote communities get access to laptops.

Telstra calls on Coffs to help

TELSTRA is calling on Coffs Coast residents to help connect Aussie kids in remote communities for the first time in their lives.

Simply by sending a text message customers can contribute to the One Laptop Per Child scheme.

More than 400,000 children aged four to 15 live in outer-regional, remote and very remote communities across the country.

Their isolation means they can have limited access to learning opportunities that many children in urban areas take for granted, confining their ability to fulfil their dreams for themselves and their communities.

In its support of the laptop scheme, Telstra will give a computer to a child for every 100 SMS carrying the word ‘Laptop’ sent to 0447 877 678 or 044 Support.

“Our goal is to provide every child in remote Australia with an XO laptop equipped with content and software designed for collaborative, joyful, self-empowered learning by 2014,” program director Rangan Srikhanta said.

Telstra Country Wide Area general manager for North Coast Michael Sharpe said it was great to see technology being used to help reduce learning barriers for Aussie children.

“By helping provide XO laptops to isolated Australian children, we are delivering technology that will positively affect their education, their future and the wider community,” Mr Sharpe said.



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