PJEFC has been working with several Orang Asli (OA) or indigenous people organizations as our community outreach efforts. One such group is focused on educating the OA children as a means empower them to work themselves out of the cycle of poverty and exploitation.
The one-laptop-per-child or OLPC initiative goal is to empower the world’s poorest children through education and working with the OA who are one of Malaysia’s poorest people groups is a good way to start. The OLPC is a rugged computer, loaded with necessary open sourced software but with the ability to run without electrical mains (recharged with a hand-crank).
As we pioneer this OLPC project in the SEMOA halfway house in Tras, there is now additional infrastructure needed. The laptops while useful on their own, can open up the students to a world greater than their own with additional connectivity. The OLPC system is setup in such a way that a network will allow peer-to-pear (laptop-to-latop) communication but also access to a central server where course materials, wikipedia, reference materials may be stored.
The first step was to wire up the buildings with the necessary network cabling. The network and wireless project currently is being managed by Eugene Khoo. As majority of the buildings are partial wood structures, it was important to keep high-voltage cabling to the minimum.
During the first phase of the cabling, PJEFC’s Impact Youth committee also participated where they will explore future opportunities for the youths to assist in this education endeavor. It also can be an eye-opener with the vast differences between cultures and environments, there’s sure to be learning on both sides.
As always, we welcome any individuals or cell groups to be part of this project.