Audible Voice of a Wise Person

The power of the human voice is the foundation of the One Media Player per Teacher project. With the goal of breaking the bonds of poverty for those who live in areas where electricity and internet access are impossibilities, the OMPT project has developed amazing low-cost solar & hand-cranked audio and video players. Learn more about founder Matt York & OMPT in Cnet’s article by Jasmine French, or from the information below from the OMPT website:

One Media Player per Teacher (OMPT) is a collaborative initiative with several non government organizations (NGOs) to select portable media players, speakers, battery powered video projectors and power generators (solar and human kinetic) for possible deployment to international educational development projects. OMPT specifically targets teachers and students in remote areas in the third world, many of whom are far away from the reach of the Internet.

One goal of OMPT is to raise the awareness of the power of connecting people to crucial information that can improve health, education, and employment opportunities. If every teacher in the developing world had access to professional training and a portable media player, people’s lives, even in the remotest of areas would be enriched. Utilizing the EDC’s excellent training materials and educational content coupled with portable media players as the delivery mechanism for the educational material, teachers can deploy effective and compelling content that can improve the lives of their students. Whether it be AIDS awareness, health education, career training or just the basics, OMPT can bring portable education to thousands of people who otherwise have no other choices available to them.

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About the Author:

Mary Burkey is an independent library consultant in Columbus (OH). An enthusiastic audiophile, she has served on all four of ALA's audiobook award committees as well as the Audies. In addition to writing the "Voices in My Head" column for Booklist, she is the author of Audiobooks for Youth: A Practical Guide to Sound Literature (ALA, 2013). Follow her on Twitter at @mburkey.

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