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A Basic Human Right

Posted by Beth Sanders on Nov 12, 2012 - 02:18 PM

“People need to have the power to solve their own problems” - Kosta Grammatis

Kosta Grammatis believes if you provide a person with a mobile device and access to the internet their learning space can be anywhere. Support a person’s curiosity to question, reason and create within whatever space they are in and their learning can become anything. Learners of the 21st century need these things: a space, a device, a connection, a facilitator, a motive. Yet over 5 billion people on this planet don't have internet access.

Within my own community for example, less than 25% of my students have internet access in their homes and there is only one "hotspot" location within walking distance of their homes. I teach in a school that has invested in mobile devices and a wireless network that allows students to be connected while at school, but I am often boggled by the fact that this connectedness stops the second the last bell rings. If we agree that a critical element of an effective and genuine democratic society is ensuring that the peoples' basic needs are met we can longer seperate providing public education with providing public internet access. Investment in providing internet access is not only directly connected to providing public education access but also essential to meeting the basic needs of the people. 

Can internet access truly democratize learning and how can we help more people access the internet?



A number of organizations have made it their mission to expand the access to internet to as many people as possible. Kosta Grammatis' vision is a world where internet access is not a privilege, but a Human Right where everyone is connected to the world and each other through free wifi access. Gregory Hill and The Disruption Department believe, “The 20th century was in many ways a story to make public education accessible for all. The 21st century must be a story to make the internet the same.” All over the world communities are doing the best they can with what they have to connect and awaken people to become the pivot of their own learning. It really is that simple.

"And that is how change happens. One gesture. One person. One moment at a time.” - Libba Bray

The space is anywhere and everywhere. The device is mobile and an extension of the self. The connection is always available. The facilitator is the learner’s shape shifting constant. The motive is where learning is born, every single day. The time is now.