AMD and American India Foundation Collaborate to Connect Children to the Internet
Bangalore, India --
AMD (NYSE: AMD) and the American India Foundation (AIF), today announced the launch of a new 50x15 Learning Lab at the Government High School, Doddanakundi in Bangalore. The new Learning Lab is equipped with AMD Athlon™ Dual-Core processor-based Microsoft IQ PCs and will provide affordable Internet access to more than 200 school children.
The Learning Lab is part of the 50x15 Initiative, a global initiative founded by AMD to connect 50 percent of the world’s population to the Internet by 2015. Built on the premise that no single entity can accomplish this ambitious goal alone, the initiative unites private, public and government partners. In addition to providing affordable Internet access and computing capability directly to the local students, the experiences gained from all 50x15 Learning Lab deployments around the world are presented in printable capsules at www.50x15.com. This will help others to leverage the experience and replicate similar successful business models that help foster digital inclusion.
“It is incumbent upon IT leaders of the world to help effect positive change in our global community,” said Susan Moore, director, Government Affairs, AMD. “The fundamental goal of the 50x15 initiative is to make Internet access -- and the opportunities that access creates -- available to a much broader segment of our world’s population. With Internet penetration still not at the desired levels in India, this Learning Lab will open the doors to the digital world for students at these schools and will provide real-world examples for other programs to replicate.”
“Creating the right conditions as part of an integrated ecosystem is the key to creating educational, social, and economic opportunities for students,” said Alok Ohrie, managing director, AMD India. “Our local AMD India employees are truly excited about creating these local conditions and an ecosystem for students in Bangalore as part of the global 50x15 Initiative.”
“AIF’s Digital Equalizer program is focused on preparing under privileged students to participate in and benefit from the digital economy. We are very proud to partner with AMD’s 50x15 Initiative and further our collective goals – empowering children through an enriched education, access to technology, and career possibilities,” said AIF President Ms. Lata Krishnan.
The new Learning Lab joins more than 25 50x15 Learning Labs that have been created worldwide and they extend AMD’s global commitment to expanding education opportunities in the communities in which it operates. AMD began operation in India in April 2001 with the launch of AMD Far East Ltd (India) and currently employs approximately 700 people across several facilities in Bangalore and Hyderabad.
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The 50x15 Initiative, launched by AMD in 2004 at the World Economic Forum, is a bold and far-reaching effort to develop new technology and solutions that will help enable affordable Internet access and computing capability for 50 percent of the world's population by the year 2015. More than just goodwill, 50x15 is about fostering long-term economic progress and investment within high-growth markets in ways that benefit a wide range of people and businesses. For more information, visit www.50x15.com
About the American India Foundation:
The American India Foundation (AIF) is a leading international development organization charged with the mission of accelerating social and economic change in India. AIF awards grants to education, livelihood, and public health projects in India – with emphases on elementary education, women’s empowerment, and HIV/AIDS, respectively. AIF also administers two programs: (1) Service Corps, which develops young American leaders by placing them with Indian non-profits based on skills and need and (2) Digital Equalizer, which bridges the “digital divide” by providing computers, Internet, and training to under-resourced schools.
About AIF’s Digital Equalizer (DE) Program:
The mission of the DE program is to advance the use of technology to engage, educate, enrich and empower India's underserved children. DE seeks to bridge the digital and educational divide in India by providing computers, software, Internet access and training to children and teachers in underprivileged schools across the country. The program works with Indian state governments, corporations, entrepreneurs, educators, and social change experts to ensure program quality, scalability and sustainability. In the last five years, DE has brought technology and training to over 17,000 teachers and 550,000 students. By the end of 2007, the DE program will be a central part of the curriculum in approximately 1500 schools across 13 Indian states.
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