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Free Software in Education
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.
We have set up an Education Task Force to focus on these efforts. 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.
The team currently develops a guide how to successfully deploy Free Software in schools and universities. Amongst other arguments here are four of the key benefits:
- Sharing: Using free software allows schools to teach children to share and cooperate.
- Learning to program: The possibility/freedom to tinker motivates children to learn more.
- Easy to administer: 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.
- Licenses: With Free Software, teachers can give a copy to each student. There is no risk to mislead any child to use an illegal copy.
Join the discussion about Free Software in education.
Get involved in the Educational Task Force.
The GNU project also maintains a info page on Free Software in education.