Osiris Organization believes that one way to bring technology to underserved communities is to design and create computer center infrastructures in park systems. These computer centers provide free internet access to the communities.
“Fewer than 20 percent of teachers say their school’s Internet connection meets their teaching needs, according to the White House
. And according to a survey of schools by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
, half of schools and libraries that apply for federal subsidies have “lower speed Internet connectivity than the average American home — despite having, on average, 200 times as many users.”
More than two thirds of U.S. school districts are cutting back on regular maintenance and replacement of computer equipment because of budget troubles, according to a survey published this spring by the Consortium for School Networking, a professional organization of school technology leaders.
This information was produced by The Hechinger Report, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news outlet based at Teachers College, Columbia University, as part of a series examining the digital divide in American schools. Read more
about how technology is changing education.
Osiris Organization has partnered with several organizations who provide resources which help with the construction of the computer centers.
Several thousand monthly users utilize the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board’s park system and computer centers.
It is important to Minnesota’s future workforce participants well-being to increase STEM disciplines; Sciences, Technology, Engineering and Math. Youth and families who have grown up in poverty or low-income families have difficulties securing higher paying employment positions. This is why Osiris has stepped in.