In April 2013, Mrs. Michele Marius visited Open Curaçao to conduct a survey about Open Standards, Open Data and Open Source in the Caribbean for UNESCO.
Thanks to Manuel Ortega for making those available.
UPDATE! Thanks to Manuel Ortega, a spellchecker for Papiamento (Aruba, pap_AW) is available!
Foundation Curacao Open (Fundashon Kòrsou Habrí) is happy to announce that the language institute FPI released the ‘list of words in papiamentu‘ under a CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 license since Sept. 16, 2011. That’s quite a step forward for our beautiful island.
Foundation Curacao Open released a spellchecker for Open/LibreOffice on Software Freedom Day, Sept. 17th, 2011.
You can download the spell checker based on the official word list here.
HOW TO INSTALL THE SPELLCHECKER
1. Dowload this file from http://opencuracao.com
2. In Open/LibreOffice, go to Tools -> Extention Manager
3. Click ‘Add…’ and then navigate to the file you saved in step 1.
4. You should see license and other info.,
5. RESTART OpenOffice/LibreOffice!
6. Make a new document.
7. Go to Tools -> Language -> for all Text
8. Choose ‘Papiamentu (Netherlands Antilles)’
9. start typing!
During the 1st international conference on governance for sustainable development of caribbean small island developing states, March 4 till 7, 2011, on Curacao, the following presentation was given. Download here (.pdf): 2011-03-05 Free Software and Education
The Curaçao Business Council for Sustainable Development organized a 2-day seminar on Renewable Energy on 6 and 7 October 2010. Suares & Co made a presentation about Open Source related to Energy. You can dowload the presentation:
- as PDF (for viewing on any computer)
- as ODF (if you want to edit the presentation and use it for your own)
Here’s a list of links to the examples in the presentation: read the rest of this post
During the kick-off meeting various presentations where held, by Monique Raphaela (Introduction to OLPC), Ricardo Lochan (The future of laptops), Percy Pinedo (The future of education), Harry Hoeve (Integraging ICT into Education) and Ace Suares (Teach the teacher training).
Most importantly, teachers and staff from the Reina Beatrix College in Bonaire and the Prins Bernhard School in Curacao expressed their intentions to use the laptops in the classroom. The Oranje School in St. Maarten, who couldn’t attend the meeting, also has high expectations of the project.
The pilot project is financed by Bureau Telecommunicatie en Post, and sponsored by Postspaarbank and Nieuwe Post NV. DEZ, Suares & Co and Stimul-IT also invested in the project.
The “One Laptop per Child” pilot project is a project of Kennisplatform Curacao. For more info: email@example.com of www.stimul-it.com, +5999 738 6299.
During the kick-off meeting, three short videos where presented, showing parts of the teach-the-teacher trainings.
Willemstad, September 22, 2010
Invitation Opening Seminar “One Laptop per Child” Pilot Project
Dear Madam, Sir,
We would like to invite you the opening seminar of the “One Laptop Per Child” Pilot project, which is scheduled to take place on September 29, 2010 on Curaçao.
In addition we would like to invite you to attend a pre-seminar workshop, in which participants will have an opportunity to get to know and experiment with the “OLPC” laptop that will be used for the pilot project.
Participation in both events is free, but seating is limited, so please register in advance. For further details please refer to the attached invitation and agenda or contact Stimul-IT at 738 6299 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope you will be able to join us on the 29th,
On behalf of the Knowledge Platform
the OLPC Project team
Please view the full invitation and agenda here.
On September 13th, a group students of the Radulphus College in Curacao, learned about Open Source. The IT-teacher Mrs. Greijmans gave 2 groups of 2 students an assignment to find out ‘what else is out there’ and one group was quite pleased with Open Source, the other group was not so happy and wanted to forbid all Free Software. On September 13th, the group in favor of Open Source gave a ‘powerpoint’ presentation, the other group didn’t, unfortunately. Ace Suares, a local Open Source and Free Software advocate, was invited to comment on the presentation and give a little presentation of his own. The students called this event ‘an eye-opener’.
The One Laptop Per Child pilot project, a project of former Minister Maurice Adriaens, is well on it’s way. After some delay with the delivery of the 90 laptops, teacher training has begun. End of August 2010, the team at the Prins Bernhard School in Curacao took place, and on 7-9 September the teachers at the Oranje School in St. Maarten where introduced to this educational tool. Next up are the teachers at the Beatrix School in Bonaire (14-16 September).
On the photo above, you can see the team of the Oranje School. Below, a video impression of the training at the Prins Bernahard School in Curacao.