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<title>Free Software in Education</title>
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<a href="/freesoftware/freesoftware.html">Free Software</a>
<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.
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.
Amongst other arguments for Free Software, here are four of the key benefits for education:
<strong>Sharing:</strong> Using free software allows schools to
teach children to share and cooperate.
<strong>Learning to program:</strong> The possibility/freedom to
tinker motivates children to learn more.
<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'
<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>
<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="">GNU's education page</a></li>
<li><a href="">Edu pages in our Wiki</a></li>
<li><a href="">Free Software Education News</a></li>
<h3>Ongoing campaigns</h3>
<li><a href="//">Document Freedom Day!</a></li>
<li><a href="/activities/nledu/">Unlocking education in NL</a></li>
<h3>Get involved</h3>
<li><a href="">Join our discussion list</a></li>
<li><a href="/about/printable/">Spread our edu leaflets</a></li>
<li><a href="">Complete a task in our tracker</a></li>
<li><a href="">Contact us</a></li>
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