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  5. <title>Education Team</title>
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  9. <h2>Education Team</h2>
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  11. <a name="Introduction"/>
  12. <h3>Introduction</h3>
  13. <p>
  14. With the increasing usage of information technology, software
  15. competency has become a key skill in modern society. Software is
  16. taking an essential part of our lives for the way we communicate,
  17. socialise and produce. In the overwhelming majority of sectors and
  18. industries, students of all ages require strong IT skills to become
  19. employable, productive, and competitive.
  20. </p>
  21. <p>
  22. Free Software applications provide the best tools for educators. They
  23. foster transferable skills and concepts based upon international open
  24. standards, rather than familiarity with individual products from
  25. particular vendors. Free Software in education upholds scientific
  26. principles of participation, collaboration and peer review, and in doing
  27. so develops additional learning skills by sharing knowledge and
  28. achievements amongst students. Free Software usage also encourages a
  29. culture of participating and doing instead of just consuming.
  30. </p>
  31. <a name="mission"/>
  32. <h3>Mission Statement</h3>
  33. <p>
  34. The goal of FSFE's Education Team is to bring the benefits of Free
  35. Software to all education-related activities and institutions. In
  36. accordance with <a href="/about/principles">FSFE's Self Conception</a>,
  37. we shall bring the use of Free Software in education to political
  38. agendas across European borders, and inform administrations, teachers,
  39. students and their parents about the benefits Free Software provides.
  40. </p>
  41. <p>
  42. We shall foster communication and cooperation among these groups, and
  43. establish and extend dialogue between them and Free Software developers
  44. and advocates. We shall establish a legal framework that shall prohibit
  45. discrimination against Free Software and its users, and make available
  46. FSFE's extensive expertise to all parties involved. </p>
  47. <a name="getinvolved"/>
  48. <h3>Get Involved</h3>
  49. <p>
  50. The team is constantly looking for more volunteers. If you want to be
  51. part of this effort (which means that you are devoted to it, not just
  52. observing), we have some requirements:
  53. </p>
  54. <ul>
  55. <li>
  56. you have a thorough understanding of Free Software
  57. </li>
  58. <li>
  59. you agree with the mission statement above
  60. </li>
  61. <li>
  62. advantageous: previous work in that field;
  63. </li>
  64. <li>
  65. you should live in Europe (i.e. <a href="http://www.gnu.org/education/">North America</a> and
  66. <a href="http://www.fsfla.org/svnwiki/about/participate.en#mailman-listinfo-educacao-education">Latin America</a>
  67. have their own educational efforts, so please join them if
  68. you live there).
  69. </li>
  70. </ul>
  71. <p>
  72. Contact us via
  73. <a href="mailto:edu-team@lists.fsfe.org">edu-team@lists.fsfe.org</a>.
  74. </p>
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