"I will write at least 25 free lessons teaching basic German for people in third-world countries but only if 25 other people will contribute or write a similar course teaching another language."
— Judith Meyer, language lover
Deadline to sign up by: 1st January 2007
2 people signed up, 23 more were needed
The cost of textbooks has increased by more than 40% in the past few years. People in third-world countries, but also poor people everywhere, find it increasingly difficult to obtain the education that would help them get a (better) job and earn a living for themselves and their families without having to rely on charity. That is why we need free textbooks, both for classroom and self-study use, to give everybody a more equal chance of acquiring a good education, even if they don't have a lot of money to invest in this.
The internet is the perfect medium for individuals to create and distribute free textbooks, since it can be accessed all over the world and there are no printing or shipping costs involved. Thanks to the $100 laptop project, very soon every child even in third-world countries will be able to tap into this wealth of knowledge. The internet also provides a great platform for the creation and publication of textbooks: Wikibooks.org , a sub-project of Wikipedia that works on the same principles.
This is where I have started to write a free course teaching basic German: http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/BLL_German . I will add at least 25 lessons, giving the student a good foundation of the language, but ONLY IF 25 others (from whatever country) contribute to this course or write a similar course teaching another language.
Ways to contribute to my course: http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/BLL_German/...
If you have questions, please contact email@example.com .