Guangzhou OED gives kids e-read­ers

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - BUSINESS - By QIU QUANLIN in Guangzhou qi­uquan­lin@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Guangzhou OED Tech­nolo­gies Inc, a ma­jor elec­tronic-pa­per dis­play sup­plier based in Guang­dong prov­ince, has launched a char­ity pro­gram to pro­vide elec­tronic read­ers for chil­dren in low-in­come fam­i­lies.

Un­der the char­ity pro­gram, which is called “Novus”, the first batch of 1,000 elec­tronic read­ers, each with more than 1,000 online do­mes­tic and over­seas clas­sic books, will be do­nated to chil­dren in poor ar­eas of Guang­dong.

“In an ef­fort to elim­i­nate poverty, chil­dren in poor ar­eas must be ed­u­cated with mod­ern tech­nolo­gies,” said Chen Yu, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of Guangzhou OED Tech­nolo­gies.

Chil­dren with the e-read­ers may en­joy an abun­dance of ed­u­ca­tional ma­te­ri­als by in­ter­act­ing with the equip­ment’s soft­ware that will be up­graded to the new ver­sion, ac­cord­ing to the com­pany.

The com­pany is en­gaged in the de­sign, devel­op­ment, man­u­fac­tur­ing, as­sem­bly and mar­ket­ing of thin film elec­trophoretic dis­plays, pri­mary pan­els for e-read­ers, elec­tronic shelf la­bels and other re­lated low-power dis­play ap­pli­ca­tions.

In co­op­er­a­tion with a Chongqing-based graphene sup­plier, Guangzhou OED Tech­nolo­gies has de­vel­oped a new type of elec­tronic pa­per that in­dus­trial ex­perts have dubbed “the world’s first graphene e-pa­per”.

“We will uti­lize our own in­tel­lec­tual prop­er­ties on e-pa­per dis­play tech­nolo­gies and in­stall a se­ries of se­lected online books that are ben­e­fi­cial to the growth and ed­u­ca­tion of chil­dren,” said Chen.

Ac­cord­ing to Chen, the pro­gram will cover more chil­dren na­tion­wide in the next five years.

“By us­ing mod­ern tech­nolo­gies, chil­dren will be more equally pro-

By us­ing mod­ern tech­nolo­gies, chil­dren will be more equally pro­vided with ed­u­ca­tional re­sources.” Chen Yu, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of Guangzhou OED Tech­nolo­gies

vided with ed­u­ca­tional re­sources,” said Chen.

Ac­cord­ing to a re­search by Bei­jing Nor­mal Univer­sity and China Devel­op­ment Foun­da­tion, China has about 40 mil­lion chil­dren liv­ing un­der the poverty line, ac­count­ing for 16.7 per­cent of China’s to­tal num­ber of chil­dren.

E-read­ers, which are jointly de­vel­oped by Guangzhou OED and Shen­zhen Boyue Tech­nol­ogy Co, will in­clude more con­tent fea­tur­ing Chi­nese tra­di­tional cul­ture.

“We hope the e-book will be an im­por­tant plat­form to pro­mote Chi­nese cul­ture for chil­dren,” said Chen.

Guangzhou OED has jointly de­vel­oped the “Novus Al­liance”, which in­volves the World Scout Foun­da­tion, Guang­dong Eye Care As­so­ci­a­tion and Guangzhou Char­ity As­so­ci­a­tion, call­ing on more pri­vate or­ga­ni­za­tions and in­di­vid­u­als to join in the char­ity pro­gram.

Lars Kolind, chair­man of the World Scout Foun­da­tion, an in­ter­na­tional non­profit institution based in Switzer­land, said the Novus pro­gram will be of great im­por­tance to mod­ern ed­u­ca­tion for chil­dren.

QIU QUANLIN / CHINA DAILY

An em­ployee of Guangzhou OED Tech­nolo­gies Inc dis­plays e-read­ers that will be do­nated to chil­dren in poor re­gions.

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