Open Source Computer Education Program (OSCEP)

Overview

The Open Source Computer Education Program (OSCEP) is a low-cost, high impact solution based on open source software, which promotes computer and computer-based education at primary and secondary schools in underprivileged communities in Bangladesh through innovative hardware, software and project management solutions.

In addition to furthering computer literacy and computer-based education, OSCEP also intends to encourage adoption of open source platforms and products, and promote the culture of volunteerism amongst youth in Bangladesh.


Objectives

OSCEP's objectives are threefold:

  • Establish low-cost, high impact computer labs in underprivileged communities through multi-shakeholder partnerships.
  • Promote the usage of open-source software through the deployment of open-source platforms, including operating systems and education packages.
  • Foster the spirit of volunteerism in institutions of higher learning across the country.

History

Conceptualization of OSCEP began in 2006 by a group of young professionals and graduate students based in Boston. The first computer lab, based on the Edubuntu operating system and the Open Office software suite, was established in August, 2008. The core team consists of young professionals based in Boston, San Ramon, and Chicago, and students from MIT and Brandeis in the US, and a project coordinator and students from BUET in Bangladesh.

For more information, please visit the OSCEP website.

Mukundopur OSCEP Center

Shoishob, a BUET undergrad, gathers student feedback during a routine visit to the center.

Each computer station accomodates two students to reinforce learning through peer education. There are 3 computers running on a customised Edubuntu platform, with 2 batches running simultaneously.

Courses last 2 months, and introduce students to basic computer usage.

Dec 3, 2008

Coordinators
  • Ashirul Amin
  • Adnan H. Yusuf
  • Sudipta Sarkar