Toronto, — July 28, 2014 – One Laptop per Child Canada (OLPC) and TD Bank Group announce the addition of 10 remote communities to the OLPC network. In the month of July, 400 customized tablets have been distributed to Frontier College Aboriginal Literacy Summer Camp participants in remote communities in Ontario, Quebec and Nunavut. Aboriginal youth from the Native Child and Family Services of Toronto GED program played a central role in preparing the technology for distribution.
OLPC Canada tablets are designed with children and communities in mind, with dozens of pre-installed educational apps for skill development in areas such as financial literacy, health, math, science and Aboriginal languages. Each tablet also features a library of more than 100 e-books including children’s stories by First Nations, Métis and Inuit authors.
Frontier College camp participants in Cat Lake First Nation enjoy new OLPC Canada tablets
“We are proud to support OLPC and this program which provides Aboriginal youth with the tools and resources they need to enhance their education and literacy, ” Clint Davis, Vice President, Aboriginal Banking, TD Bank Group. “Investing in programs like this demonstrates the commitment to our youth and encourages them to develop to their full potential to make a positive impact in their communities and inspire future generations.”
Since launching in 2010, OLPC Canada has provided more than 5000 laptops and tablets to Aboriginal youth in 8 provinces and 2 territories.
“Successful program implementation has led to demand from over 100 Aboriginal education programs across the country. We are thrilled to service many of these communities through the generous support of TD and the involvement of key partners such as Frontier College” says Jennifer Martino, Executive Director.
In September the tablets will be integrated into community classrooms, with up to 1,200 Aboriginal youth benefiting from the initiative. One of the schools slated to receive tablets in the fall is J.R. Nakogee Elementary School of Attawapiskat, Ontario.
“We very much look forward to integrating laptops and tablets into the programming in our classrooms as we celebrate moving into our new school” says Wayne Potts, Vice Principal.
About One Laptop per Child Canada
One Laptop per Child (OLPC) Canada enhances education for Aboriginal youth with technological tools designed for creative, innovative, self-empowered learning. For more information, please contact Jennifer Martino, Executive Director, OLPC Canada firstname.lastname@example.org or 416-642-5455. www.olpccanada.com
About TD Community Giving TD Bank Group invests in communities in order to effect positive change in the places where it operates and where its clients and employees live and work. In 2013, TD donated more than $74.7 million to community organizations in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. In Canada, TD focuses on education and financial literacy, creating opportunities for young people and the environment. For further information, please visit www.td.com/corporate-responsibility.