While we often discuss the digital divide in terms of access to high-speed Internet service (or lack thereof), the digital divide also includes lack of access to the hardware (computers) and technical skills a person needs to easily navigate the Internet and create computer documents.

That’s why the Raspberry Pi computer caught our attention as one possible answer to the hardware and technical skills problem. Similar to India’s $35 Aakash tablet, the Raspberry Pi foundation is in the process of developing, manufacturing and distributing their $25 computers to children all over the world. With their credit card sized computers that can connect to virtually any television or monitor screen, they hope to address the digital divide by creating low-cost computers with free, open source software that will not only give children access to technology but also teach them how to use it.

Tech Literacy Is A Vital Part Of The Job Search

As we’ve covered before, tech literacy and access to the Internet are becoming more and more a requirement than a convenience when it comes to important tasks such as doing homework and even finding jobs. By teaching kids important computer skills at a young age, the Raspberry Pi Foundation hopes to not only help kids with school and job searches, but they also hope to prepare them for the digital economy — where technical skills such as programming and software development will be key for getting many jobs.

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