Skip to main content

Blankets give them enough warm but not Education!

As I mentioned in my previous post, I flew to Nepal on 1st of May 2015 and added Day 2 and Day 3 photos to my flickr  album. It's really hard to explain the situation there but I hope you can get an idea.

Another evening in Nepal with dark and fear of aftershocks

 Blankets give them enough warm but not Education!

What's the next step?

During my visit to Dharding on 3rd of May 2015, I learned that I can do much better work with my experience. There is a small school in the village with 400 students and 8 teachers.

Yes, I decided to help them with a school lab with Open Source Education tools.

I have been running a similar project in Sri Lanka and I had a plan to do my next deployment with Raspberry Pi.

Why Raspberry Pi?

Simply: Its cheap and portable.
Its much easier to relocate a lab in case of an emergency and its really cheaper than generic desktop machines.

What's required?
Single set need LCD Display, Keyboard/Mouse, Power Supply, Storage/Memory Card in addition to the RPi 2. 

I bought Raspberry Pi 2 on last evening

Operating System?
Hanthana Linux, a Fedora remix bundle with bunch of Educational tools and Sugar Desktop.

LibreOffice, Firefox, VLC, Educational Tools, Gnome/Sugar Desktop.

Not in the scope for now.

I would like to expand this in to several schools, based on the support I get from the community. I can't afford several devices and also I need local community to support by series of workshops to teachers and students.

They were about to receive new cloths.. 
Can you imagine if they touch a computer for the first time?

Wanna join?

Feel free to contact me if you willing to help this project.

 They have no idea about their future but you can make it!


  1. One of the brilliance of the original design of the RaspberryPi was that a lot of the peripherals could be sourced from stuff people already had or something that could be bought second hand easily.

    So I'l wondering if you've considered using old TV sets as monitors (RPi supports components video output) and old phone charger for power supply.

    The added benefit to this is you're help to reduce the amount of waste created in the long run.

  2. Hi Chinmay,

    Thanks for your comment here.
    Yes, I would like to use used but working keyboards/mouse, phone power supply but I am not sure about display or monitor.

    I have previous experience in one of the remote school in Sri Lanka where, the project was failed at some point.

    It was really hard to find someone to troubleshoot and fix the issue and also nearest service center may 10-20km away from the school.

    Many people interested in that kind of project as they can leave all 'Electronic waste' at a rural school.

    But I really want them to bring the knowledge back to home as rest of the family members can learn from the same device. I hope kids can just bring the RPi2 back to home and plug in to their home TV. I saw several satellite TV connection in the village. ;-)


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

හේරත් ගෙදර ගියා

2008 වසරේ දිනක මධ්‍යම පළාත් තොරතුරු තාක්ශන පුහුණු මධ්‍යස්්ථානයේ පැවති දින 5ක නේවාසික වැඩසටහනක් අධ්‍යාපන අමාත්‍යාංශයෙන් දියත් කළා. මේක කළේ සුෙච්ත ඔව් අර අලුත්ගම සින් එකට තනියම පිකට් කළේ එයා තමයි. මේ වැඩසටහනට විවිධ ගුරු චරිත එක්ව සිටියා. ඒ අය විවිධ වු හැකියාවන් වගේම ගති ගුණ තිබු අය. හේරත් සර් ඔවුන් අතරින් කෙනෙක්. නඩේ ගුරා මෙරට ‘පරිගණකයක් භාවිතයෙන්’ රජයේ පාසලක පරිගණක අධ්‍යාපනය ලබා දේ නම් ඒ සැම පාසලකම වගේ තොරතුරු තාක්ශන ගුරුවරු මෙන්ම අධ්‍යාපන විද්‍යාපිඨ වල පිරිස් ද මේ හේරත් චරිතය අනිවාර්යෙන්ම දන්නව. මොකද පාසල් වල වාර්ශික පරිගණක නඩත්තුව සදහා රට වටා යන ගුරුවරුන් කිහිප දෙනාගෙන් කෙනෙක් මොහු. අැත්තටම මොහු ඒ ගමනේ නඩේ ගුරා කිවත් වැරදි නැ. කොට අදින අලි මේ පිරිස රටවටේ යමින් පැත්තකට විසි කර තිබු පරිගණකවලින් අඩකට වඩා සැම විටම යළි භාවිත කළ හැකි අයුරින් පිළිසකර කර දීමත්, පාසල් වලින් එන ගුරුවරුන් සහ දරුවන් සදහා තම දැණුම බෙදා දිමත් නොපැකිලව සිදු කරනව. නමුත් මේ මුදල් ඉතිරිය ඔබ මෙතෙක් නොදැන සිටියා විය හැක. බටා ගෙනව නේද? ඇත්තටම ගාල්ල අවට පුදගලික මට්ටමින් අප සංවිධානය කළ වැඩසටහන් ගණනාවකට නුවර සිට තම යතුරු …

CVE-2019-3462: Vulnerability in the 'apt' Package Manager of Debian and Ubuntu

The vulnerability present in the "apt" Package Manager allows a remote attacker to perform a man-in-the-middle attack by to execute arbitrary code (or a malicious package mirror) as root on a machine installing any package.
This bug has been introduce with the apt version starting with 0.8.15 and indepndent security consultant Max Justicz discovered this critical issue.

Canonical has released patched versions of APT for Ubuntu 18.10 (Cosmic Cuttlefish), Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver), Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus), Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr), and Ubuntu 12.04 ESM (Precise Pangolin). On the other hand, the Debian Project released patched APT packages for the Debian GNU/Linux 9 "Stretch" series.

How to fix?

Since the vulnerability is present in the package manager itself, it is recommended to disable redirects in order to prevent exploitation during this upgrade only, using:

apt -o Acquire::http::AllowRedirect=false update apt -o…