Bangkok and Google team up to repurpose e-waste for education

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The project seeks to extend the devices’ lifespans by up to a decade, distributing 130,000 refurbished devices to partnered schools over three years.

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has teamed up with tech giant Google to repurpose electronic waste into innovative learning tools for 437 city schools.

Each year, Thailand generates over 400,000 discarded electronic devices, contributing to e-waste. This new initiative aims to salvage functional yet outdated computers by installing Google’s OS Flex, enhancing performance and energy efficiency.



The project seeks to extend the devices’ lifespans by up to a decade, distributing 130,000 refurbished devices to partnered schools over three years. Results from a research project with local schools and universities show improved learning outcomes through Google’s software integration.

Amid concerns over excessive online learning, the collaboration addresses the need to offer effective tools for modern education. Google’s suite of learning tools enables students to seamlessly collaborate and access resources.



By ensuring equitable access to digital opportunities, the partnership also aims to eliminate disparities in technological advancement across Thailand, fostering skills and innovation among youths. Additionally, the program recognizes the crucial role that educators play, having trained over 300,000 teachers to incorporate advanced educational software powered by AI technology.

Both the BMA and Google said their joint effort not only repurposes e-waste but will pave the way for a more inclusive and technologically proficient society. (NNT)






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