Ambedkar Community Computing Center (AC3)
The following information was submitted to us by the group of volunteers
working at the Center.
The Center is located in the Sudharshan Layout off Bannerghatta Road
State of Karnataka, India.
Ambedkar Community Computing Center is not a private or public
educational institution, it is a computing education center run by
youths from a local group called Ambedkar Sanga that works in the slums
of the area.
The Center was founded in 2007 in an effort to bring the world of
computers close to underprivileged children and youths who otherwise
would have little opportunity to get in contact with this technology.
The group consists of around 15 children and young boys and girls
from 13 to 23 years old. They attend classes 3 times a week for 2 hours
The area in which this Center is located lacks even the most basic
living conditions. We feel that the kids from this place should get a
good thirst for Freedom while learning computing too, and Free Software
serves this purpose. Free Software is a way to talk about Freedom.
How We Did It
No migration process was involved. We are Free Software advocates so
we started directly by installing Free Software in all computers in use;
therefore, we haven't faced any particular difficulties in setting up
the systems. Our main difficulty regards the lack of hardware. We use
only laptops, and we need as many as we can get. We rely on donations
for our work.
Commitment to Free Software
We have five work stations, all of which are laptops and all of them
run fully free operating systems.
All of the programs we use are Free Libre software. For example, we
use LibreOffice for
spreadsheets and for general document writing, and
GIMP for graphics.
Browsing the web using Free Software helps these young boys and girls
to have access to the external world in safety and confidence. Free
Libre graphic programs such as GIMP allow them to express their
creativity freely and easily.
One of the
underprivileged kids who attends classes at the Center has achieved
a high level of skill in the use of GIMP. His works have been presented
and sold at a local Free Software conference. The picture on the right
shows him handing in to Richard Stallman a copy of an essay titled
“The Future is Ours”, which was produced at the Center.
Some of the kids who attend our classes also take computing courses
at school. They report that the skills they learn at the Center are of
invaluable help for them to follow and pass those courses
We are informed that the outstanding effort of Free Software
volunteers is expanding in these deprived areas of the city, with
remarkable results. If you would like to contribute or donate laptops to
this group, please contact us at
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