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<a href="/freesoftware/freesoftware.html">Free Software</a>
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<h1>Free Software in Education</h1>
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We actively promote the use of Free Software in schools and
universities as it encourages schooling of understanding over
product training and upholds the scientific principle.
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Already during its first general assembly, FSFE identified <a
href="/about/reports/es-2003">education as
one of the most important areas for activity</a> so young people and
students would have the chance of getting in touch with knowledge instead
of mere product schooling. Therefore the FSFE started a <a href="/freesoftware/education/eduteam.html">Free Software in
Education working group</a> to focus on these efforts. Today, it acts as a hub and works on
monitoring the European situation. We participate in Free Software
events and assist other initiatives in making the change possible.
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Amongst other arguments for Free Software, here are four of the key benefits for education:
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<strong>Sharing:</strong> Using free software allows schools to
teach children to share and cooperate.
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<strong>Learning to program:</strong> The possibility/freedom to
tinker motivates children to learn more.
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<strong>Easy to administer:</strong> Free Software is stable,
secure and reliable. It offers unrestricted access to the source
code, thus allowing to modify or adapt it to the schools'
needs.
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<strong>Licences:</strong> With Free Software, teachers can give
a copy to each student. There is no risk to mislead any child
to use an illegal copy.
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<h3>Further information</h3>
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<li><a href="/freesoftware/education/argumentation.html">Why Free Software in Education</a></li>
<li><a href="/freesoftware/education/edu-related-content.html">Overview of all edu related information</a></li>
<li><a href="http://www.gnu.org/education">GNU's education page</a></li>
<li><a href="https://wiki.fsfe.org/Education">Edu pages in our Wiki</a></li>
<li><a href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/guido/category/education/">Free Software Education News</a></li>
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<h3>Ongoing campaigns</h3>
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<li><a href="//documentfreedom.org">Document Freedom Day!</a></li>
<li><a href="/activities/nledu/">Unlocking education in NL</a></li>
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<h3>Get involved</h3>
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<li><a href="https://lists.fsfe.org/mailman/listinfo/discussion">Join our discussion list</a></li>
<li><a href="/about/printable/">Spread our edu leaflets</a></li>
<li><a href="https://l.fsfe.org/edutask">Complete a task in our tracker</a></li>
<li><a href="mailto:edu-team@lists.fsfe.org">Contact us</a></li>
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