Diminishing the Digital Divide
Connectivity is increasingly determining the ability to earn a living. But according to UNICEF, globally over 29 percent of young people aged 15 to 24 – or 346 million people – do not have access to the Internet.
At Acer, we believe that technology can unleash human potential, creating a future of possibility for children. We are dedicated to diminishing the digital divide by providing free computing education and mentorships to nurture future generations.
Narrowing the Technology Divide
Remote areas in Taiwan lack IT educational resources and facilities. The Digital Mobile Van project, launched in 2010 in cooperation with the Hanguang Education Foundation, aims to bridge the information divide by bringing computer education to these remote areas. Our staff volunteers have taught rural school children how to use computers and the Internet and get a grasp on technological skills.
Breaking the Poverty Cycle
with Technology in the Philippines
Since 2011, Acer Philippines has been cooperating with the
GreenEarth Heritage Foundation to provide education for
children in rural areas who lack educational resources. The
Foundation has taught English, held computer courses, and
provided equipment and facilities in libraries and learning
centers. Several of these children have gone on to college
thanks to these efforts. It’s through education that these
children can break from the poverty cycle.
Inspiring Creativity with Technology
Young people living in poverty near coastal areas in Vietnam lack
opportunities and resources to access technology, hindering
In partnership with Microsoft and the Center of Marine-life
Conservation and Communication Development (MCD), Acer
Vietnam has provided computers and software courses to children
in fishing villages in Ha Long city, Vietnam, via a vessel boat.
Dubbed the “Enabling Boat”, the education-on-a-boat project
hopes to leave local lifestyles unchanged while empowering the
youth through learning.
Bridging the Gender Gap with Technology
In India only 23 percent of women have Internet access,
highlighting the larger issue of the gender gap in technological
accessibility in developing countries.
Acer India has been cooperating with the Society to Create
Awareness towards Life and Environment (SCALE), an NGO, to
provide computing labs in the rural areas of Uttarakhand and Uttar
Pradesh, so more women and children from these rural areas can
use technology in school and work.