All HoV members have one commonality amongst them -- they use computers in nearly all aspects of their lives. And they appreciate the incredible impact information has on their lives. Yet the majority of Bangladeshis still do not know what computers are.
So while a computer is not the most crucial element on a list of things a rural school in a developing country lacks, for HoV, it's the best opportunity to contribute.
HoV introduces computers into schools in remote areas to prep students for access to the digital world. To help them learn the basics while they're young and incredibly receptive. To enable them to learn about things that interest them, and things that they didn't even know existed.
Perhaps the next great Bangladeshi geneticist is waiting to flourish in a small village in Dinajpur -- in the northern region of Bangladesh. And perhaps, a OSCEP Center will fire her imagination to the point that she won't drop out of school. Her struggle will be an uphill battle, but she will prevail.
Enabling Access to Information
Equally importantly, for most if not all of her friends at school, the same OSCEP Center will enable access to and understanding of the potential of the Internet. They will Google information on the latest breed of rice to plant, the most advantageous techniques of harvesting crops, and the most efficient use of biofuel. They will learn to understand the government's fledgling E-Governance offerings, and use email to communicate with other people for professional and personal reasons.
The objective of providing this education, therefore, is not to turn every student into C++ experts. Not at all. On the contrary, it is to inspire to learn, and to enable practical everyday use.
Making Education Fun
Sadly, schools in Bangladesh are steeped in a centuries-old tradition of imparting education by strict discipline, as opposed to making learning an enjoyable experience. This is specially true in rural schools where resources are scarce. HoV wants to break this status quo -- to get students want to come to school. To learn from the Mina cartoons, to watch awestruck the lunar landing from that fateful day in 1969 on an endless repeating loop, to beat each others in Tic Tac Toe.
To this end, HoV has been increasing the amount of content that's available in its OSCEP centers. If you want to contribute, please volunteer!
Most university students are teeming with restless energy -- the urge to do something good. HoV tries to channel this energy into something noble -- help educate the masses. In return, volunteers learn leadership, independence and professionalism. In addition, they're offered a platform to materialize their ideas for new projects, and test improvements for existing ones.
To schoolgoing children in rural communities, volunteers serve as positive role models: highly educated people that care for the disadvantaged.
HoV believes this is an excellent way to inspire.