Erik envisions that through early access to technology and basic programming, the children will gain a better chance in adapting as they grow older and face new jobs created for the expected future.
Technology is ever evolving. Every year there’s new inventions, new devices, and new possibilities. To the average person, it’s normal and it’s easy to adapt to the conditions of a highly tech world, but to the majority—the underprivileged—it’s an environment difficult to grow with.
BatangTech, headed by Erik Lacson, hopes to narrow the gap further through education programs directed to the underprivileged youth.
Erik believes that the resources given to most to understand and learn technology is oftentimes taken for granted, but it’s different for the children under the poverty line who have yet to understand its capabilities.
“I think [the technology gap] is an issue that a lot of people don’t look into. A lot of organizations look at resolving hunger, giving shelter, giving education,” explains Erik, “but not a lot of people, or probably locally—there’s no one actually looking into this issue.”
The BatangTech team
As they are a newly established organization, they have begun with the sheltered children of Virlanie Foundation, Inc., and hope to expand to more institutions to cater to more children.
BatangTech uses a single board computer, the Raspberry Pi, to teach basic computer skills, while using the program Scratch to teach basic programming perfect for kids.
Erik envisions that through early access to technology and basic programming, the children will gain a better chance in adapting as they grow older and face new jobs created for the expected future.
Currently, they are looking for teacher-volunteers to help with managing the children during their education programs. Volunteers however do not need to know engineering or programming to help out as BatangTech will provide the training prior to the interaction.
Volunteer for BatangTech and help decrease the technology gap

BatangTech provides a training program for people willing to lend them a hand

What can you do?

  • Contact the BatangTech team to see how you can start a program of your own
  • Help them get in contact with institutions to allow them to grow and teach more children
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