One Laptop Per Child is tag-teaming it up with foreign language learning company Little Pim to teach English to underprivileged children. The initiative could help to blur the line between work and fun and lead to future opportunities for kids in an ever-increasingly global economy where English is the lingua franca of many multinational groups and companies. Getting educational videos onto OLPC's affordable XO laptop is consistent with the new partnerships' philosophy that "learning should be a joyous experience and that children learn best when learning and play are seamless activities." There's no word on when the package deal will be available, but we'll be on the lookout for further info. Full PR after the break.
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One Laptop Per Child Partners with Little Pim to Provide Language Learning on XO Laptop
Little Pim's Language Teaching Videos on XO Will Help Children Discover Language at an Early Age
MIAMI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--One Laptop per Child (OLPC), a nonprofit whose mission is to provide every child access to new channels of learning and self-expression, and Little Pim, the award-winning foreign language learning program for children, announced today a partnership to bring Lim Pim content to the XO laptop.
"We look forward to establishing additional strategic alliances with other providers of innovative children's software and content."
The addition of Little Pim to the XO laptop will make learning English an enjoyable and easy experience for young children. Little Pim's unique Entertainment Immersion Method® leads with a fun character (Little Pim the Panda) and provides total immersion in the language. The method engages a child's love of play by watching real kids and animation. Little Pim's method helps children retain new vocabulary, while enhancing analytical, memory and concentration skills. Children can learn over 360 words and phrases using all of the Little Pim products.
"We are delighted to join forces with Little Pim to make learning language more fun for children. OLPC and Little Pim share a common philosophy that learning should be a joyous experience and that children learn best when learning and play are seamless activities," said Rodrigo Arboleda, Chairman and CEO of the One Laptop per Child Association. "We look forward to establishing additional strategic alliances with other providers of innovative children's software and content."
Little Pim CEO Julia Pimsleur Levine said, "We are thrilled to partner with OLPC and help bring Little Pim content to millions of bright young minds around the world."
About One Laptop per Child
One Laptop per Child (OLPC at http://www.laptop.org) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide every child in the world access to new channels of learning, sharing and self-expression. In partnership with the public and private sectors and non-governmental organizations and supported by comprehensive implementation and pedagogical services, OLPC seeks to provide each child with a rugged, low-cost, low-power connected laptop that empowers individual learning and growth.
About Little Pim®
Little Pim is an award-winning foreign language immersion series for babies, toddlers and preschoolers. Between birth and the age of five, the human brain is hard-wired for language learning, and Little Pim unique Entertainment Immersion Method® helps families take advantage of this brief window, by making language learning easy, fun and effective. Founded on clinical research in early childhood development and linguistics, Little Pim is available 11 languages including Spanish, French, Chinese and Italian, with videos, music, books, flash cards, gift sets and more. Check out why Little Pim is the number one way to teach kids a foreign language at www.littlepim.com.
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