November 17 - 20, Sichuan Deployment

OLPC APAC has once again returned to Sichuan for another deployment. This time volunteers from Hong Kong and in concert with local Sichuanese volunteers descended on Jintang County just 28 kilometers away from Chengdu for the deployment.

Our mission: to conduct XO training workshops, install school servers plus WiFi access points, and to install new localization patches on 1000 units of XO laptops. These laptops will be deployed with three area primary schools; Anbang Primary School, Experimental Primary School and Xixian Primary School.

Xixian Primary School will serve as our key pilot school as XO laptops will be provided to every student between the grades of two to five. While at the other two schools, XO laptops will only be distributed to fourth graders.

Day 1 - Welcome ceremony and prepping the XO laptops

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For the next 3 days, we will be calling Anbang Primary School our new home as we toil late into the night prepping 1000 units of XO laptops and conducting morning training workshops for both the teachers and children. The students at Anbang were extremely cheerful and courteous as they greeted the volunteers with a big smile and called us "uncle" or "aunt". Needless to say, the ladies weren't too fond of being called "aunts" all day long and would rather be greeted with a "younger" title.

Day 2 - Teacher training workshop with OLPC volunteers

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Day 3 - Children training workshop with OLPC volunteers and installing the school server

Day 3.... meeting the kids!!! The morning at Anbang Primary was the coldest morning yet but our spirits are high and we're all excited for we know today is a day like no other. After flying hundreds of miles on a red eye flight and working like slaves for the past 2 days, it all comes down to today. One might say today is defining moment of the entire trip. Today we will be hosting a training workshop for around 60 students from the three area schools. Throughout the training workshop, the kids were fully engaged with the various learning activities in the XO laptops. At one point, we even invited two kids up to the stage to share their learning experiences and had them teach the rest of the class on completing certain tasks with the XO laptops. While that is going on, the tech team visited the other 2 schools to config and install the school servers and the WiFi access points. Being able to witness first hand the kids having fun exploring and learning on the XO laptops while collaborating with their friends on what they have learned made the red eye flight and the hard work from the previous 2 days all worth the while....

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The Team and Food

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