|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
Seattle, WA (April 4, 2013) —World Vision, Microsoft, British Council, and Intel are moving forward on the “Spark a Child’s Digital Future” Campaign, confirming a new commitment from GreenBridge Computing to assist with the upcoming launch in Kenya. GreenBridge joins the partnership for phase one, which will provide Windows Multipoint servers supporting hundreds of Windows 8 devices, as well as content, consulting, and deployment services for the first 10 schools, helping to transform learning for thousands of students and educators in rural Kenya.
Spark a Child’s Digital Future is a collaborative effort, uniting World Vision, British Council, Microsoft, Intel and now GreenBridge Computing. The Spark a Child’s Digital Future initiative brings holistic digital access to the classroom, including devices, infrastructure, and teacher training, which improves learning outcomes — in academics, life skills, and economic opportunity.
World Vision, with operations in nearly 100 countries, leverages their deep experience in sub-Saharan Africa in collaboration with the partners to initially bring digital access and 21st Century learning to schools in Kenya. The GreenBridge donation adds efficiency and sustainability, with low power consumption, full teacher management capability, low maintenance costs and the longest expected lifespan, which increases sustainability.
“We recognize that once a child’s basic needs are met, digital skills development can be vital in helping children in developing countries succeed in a global world,” said Chris Glynn, senior vice president for transformational engagement for World Vision US. “We are grateful for the partnership of GreenBridge Computing to help launch this important pilot project in Kenya.”
The announcement of the GreenBridge Computing commitment comes as the partnership prepares to launch Phase One of the roll out in schools in rural Kenya.
“We are inspired that thousands of children in Kenya will now benefit from the exact same technology enjoyed by children in Bill Gates’ neighborhood,” said David Yunger, CEO of GreenBridge Computing. “Further, educators will be trained to empower kids with the skills to become tomorrow’s leaders. It is a privilege to partner with World Vision in this life-changing work.”
Each of the new Windows MultiPoint Servers will deliver a Windows 8 computing environment to 15 simultaneous users, while providing a classroom control and content management solution to 20 additional students using Intel Classmate PCs. The project rollout is scheduled for June, 2013, in Matete, a rural community in Western Kenya, in close collaboration with the Kenyan Ministry of Education.
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About World Vision
World Vision is a Christian relief, development, and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. For more information on their efforts, visit WorldVision.org/press or follow them on Twitter at @WorldVisionNews
About GreenBridge Computing
GreenBridge Computing is the global leader in direct-virtualization solutions for education. Our mission is to sustainably bridge the digital divide for millions of people, delivering the performance of a PC and the economic benefits of private cloud at a fraction of the cost. For more information, visit greenbridgecomputing.com.