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  4. <title>About - FSFE Education</title>
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  9. <a id="moreinfo" href="/activities/education/eduteam.html">Education Task Force</a>
  10. <h1>Reasons for schools to use Free Software</h1>
  11. <p class="background">
  12. Access to software determines who may participate in a digital
  13. society. The freedoms to use, study, share, and improve software
  14. allow everyone to participate on an equal basis. There are many
  15. reasons to use Free Software in general. Here, we have collected
  16. some that are particularly important for schools:
  17. </p>
  18. <h2>Sharing</h2>
  19. <p>Using Free Software allows schools to teach children to share and cooperate
  20. and thus join a whole community that shares knowledge.
  21. </p>
  22. <h2>Equality at home</h2>
  23. <p>
  24. With Free Software, teachers can give a copy to each student. Thus children
  25. of families with few financial resources can learn with the same tools as every
  26. other child.
  27. </p>
  28. <h2>Learning to program</h2>
  29. <p>
  30. The possibility to tinker motivates children to learn more. Free Software
  31. allows them to understand computers in depth.
  32. </p>
  33. <h2>Learning to use software</h2>
  34. <p>
  35. Free Software permits children to learn how software works and thus
  36. to understand the concepts underlying a whole category or type of software.
  37. They are then able to adapt to any environment, a key skill nowadays.
  38. </p>
  39. <h2>Learning in native language</h2>
  40. <p>Free Software applications can be translated into any language.
  41. Thus each child can learn and focus on the actual subject without any
  42. language or cultural barriers.
  43. </p>
  44. <h2>Independence</h2>
  45. <p>Teaching children to rely on proprietary software makes them
  46. dependent on a software vendor. Teaching them to rely on Free
  47. Software, the children can continue using this software in their adult
  48. life while helping others by sharing it. Using and teaching Free
  49. Software also makes the school itself independent from software companies.
  50. </p>
  51. <h2>Slash your hardware costs</h2>
  52. <p>
  53. Free Software doesn't require powerful hardware and runs on almost any
  54. computer. It can give new life to old computers, saving both money and
  55. the environment.
  56. </p>
  57. <h2>Forget your licenses costs</h2>
  58. <p>
  59. Without licence fees, the school saves money and can use it to train
  60. teachers, or for technical support to make life easier for teachers.
  61. </p>
  62. <h2>Don't worry about your licenses</h2>
  63. <p>
  64. With Free Software, there are no worries about expiry dates or costs of the
  65. licenses. Free Software stays free in every sense. All students have
  66. access to perfectly legal copies.
  67. </p>
  68. <h2>Administer easily</h2>
  69. <p>Free Software is stable, secure and reliable. Security and other updates can
  70. be implemented in a minute. Maintenance is automated and thus time-saving.</p>
  71. <address>
  72. Free Software Foundation Europe<br/>
  73. Linienstrasse 141, 10115 Berlin, Germany<br/>
  74. E-Mail:<br/>
  75. Phone: +49-30-27595290<br />
  77. </address>
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  79. <timestamp>$Date: 2010-07-17 07:20:49 +0200 (Sat, 17 Jul 2010) $ $Author: maelle $</timestamp>
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