CALGARY, April 29, 2014 /CNW/ - SMART Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: SMT) (TSX: SMA), a leading global provider of collaborative
education technology solutions, has partnered with Free The Children, an international charity and educational partner to revolutionize the
way children learn and collaborate both in and outside of the
As a supporter of We Day Alberta, SMART will be connecting youth across
the province to world-renowned leaders and A-list entertainers, as well
as thousands of like-minded elementary and secondary school students
and educators in an inspirational setting to learn about some of the
most pressing local and global issues of our time. In working with
Free The Children, SMART will help empower youth through collaborative
education technology solutions, inspire them to take action on social
change initiatives, and change the way they learn and think about the
world around them.
"We are very excited to be working with Free The Children who have
education at the heart of their organization," said Neil Gaydon,
President and CEO of SMART Technologies. "The combination of SMART's
leading education technology and Free The Children's incredible global
activities will be a compelling force for good in making the world a
Around the world, millions of children lack access to basic education.
Together SMART and Free The Children are working to provide youth with
the knowledge and tools to break the cycle of poverty. Through Free
The Children's holistic and sustainable development model Adopt a
Village, SMART will support education and access to technology for
students in Verdhara, India by supporting the reconstruction of the
computer lab and encouraging employees to participate in volunteer
trips to Free The Children communities.
"Making a difference in a community overseas, or here at home takes
passion, creativity and innovation," said Craig Kielburger, co-founder
of Free The Children. "By working with SMART Technologies, we can
connect students and educators with new ideas, and inspire them to take
action on the issues they care about in original and exciting ways."
SMART employee involvement will be a key part of the company's support
of Free The Children. Along with volunteering at We Day Alberta as well
as the Adopt a Village program in India, children of employees will be
eligible for youth scholarships if they volunteer, and demonstrate
leadership and community involvement.
About SMART Technologies
SMART Technologies Inc. is a leading provider of technology solutions that enable inspired
collaboration in schools and workplaces around the world by turning
group work into a highly interactive, engaging and productive
experience. SMART delivers integrated solutions of hardware, software
and services designed for superior performance and ease of use, and
remains a world leader in interactive displays.
About Free The Children
Free The Children is an international charity and educational partner.
Founded in 1995 by international activist Craig Kielburger, Free the
Children believes in a world where young people are free to achieve
their fullest potential, and empowers youth to remove barriers that
prevent them from being active local and global citizens. The
organization's domestic programs - which include We Day, Free the
Children's signature youth empowerment event - educate, engage and
empower 2.3 million youth across North America and UK to become engaged
global citizens. Its international projects are implemented through a
holistic and sustainable development model called Adopt a Village.
Currently, Adopt a Village supports community development in eight
countries; Kenya, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Ecuador, Haiti, Nicaragua, rural
China and India. Through its international programming, Free The
Children has brought more than 650 schools and school rooms to youth
and provided clean water, health care and sanitation to 1 million
people around the world, freeing children and their families from the
cycle of poverty.
The organization has received the World's Children's Prize for the
Rights of the Child, the Human Rights Award from the World Association
of Non‐Governmental Organizations, and has formed successful
partnerships with leading school boards and Oprah's Angel Network. For
more information, visit www.freethechildren.com.
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