My name is the same as my username.

I've retired early and come to live in rural France after working as a schoolteacher and then as a software engineer in Britain. My teaching speciality was mathematics.

For a long time (since before the internet took off!), I've had the dream of effective technology being used to improve education worldwide. I think the Wiki approach has a good chance of providing something quite wonderful if we can collectively get down to the task. Hence my interest in Wikijunior.

I've made an entry in

I've put some thoughts and ideas on the development of Wikijunior here.

I've started a development area here, but it's just a placeholder at the moment.

I'm very new to Wikimedia, and I'm just starting to find my way around. I'd appreciate any pointers from anyone about how I can pursue my aims. Thanks

--Barry Desborough 10:51, 9 February 2006 (UTC)

Update: I've been working out some ideas for an educational wiki at Please take a look. --Barry Desborough 11:43, 9 January 2007 (UTC)

I've now developed the concept further. Please see Barry Desborough 04:24, 7 February 2011 (UTC)