One laptop per child

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Prototypes for the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project.

Providing the option of individuals to be connected to technology and the web can be important in some contexts.

Quoting from the OLPC website.

Introducing the children’s laptop from One Laptop per Child—a potent learning tool created expressly for the world’s poorest children living in its most remote environments. The laptop was designed collaboratively by experts from both academia and industry, bringing to bear both extraordinary talent and many decades of collective field experience in every aspect of this non-profit humanitarian project. The result is a unique harmony of form and function; a flexible, ultra low-cost, power-efficient, responsive, and durable machine with which nations of the emerging world can leapfrog decades of development—immediately transforming the content and quality of their children’s learning.

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3 thoughts on “One laptop per child

  1. i’m not sure how a laptop can help a child who is “one of the poorest” in the world. would food, clean water, a decent shelter, or free from disease be a better gift? i’m not convinced in how such a tool would be contribute to the well being of these children.

  2. M&M

    I have to agree with the comment above. You can’t eat a computer. I see the intention is to improve children’s access to education and expose them to knowledge they may not otherwise have access to, but learning and an education become secondary when you don’t have anything to eat or you don’t have a roof over your head. Social innovators and social entreprenuers need to put their heads together and come up with a solution to meet children’s basic needs. Until then, maybe the kids can sell the computer for some extra cash to help get some food, clothing, or medicine?

  3. About your comments

    RE: Cpkieser’s comment
    It’s not a an either /or situation. We need solutions across the board. The laptop is a long-term solution. We need children to learn how to be proficient in computers so that they eventually catch up with the rest of the world. The faster we implement solutions across the board the better.

    RE: M&M
    This post does not pose that you can eat the computer. Once again. It’s not an either/or situation. Addressing basic needs alone will not solve the problem of poverty. Education (technical in this case) is part of the solution “package” we may want to apply to solve the problem of poverty. We need solutions across the board to be implemented simultaneously. There are many other areas we need to address through innovation. I would hope both of you would create blogs to help raise awareness.

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