As we have pretty much one laptop per student for most of the school, I got to think about another programme, launched 7 years ago, to produce and distribute inexpensive laptops to students in developing countries. The aim was to empower some of the poorest children in the world through education. It was hoped that this programme would develop a passion for learning, and the opportunity to pursue that passion. The programme recognises that the world is changing rapidly and that students need to be prepared for this:
The root cause of the rapid change, digital technology, also provides a solution. When every child has a connected laptop, they have in their hands the key to full development and participation. Limits are erased as they can learn to work with others around the world, to access high-quality, modern materials, to engage their passions and develop their expertise.To date, about two and a half million of these laptops have been distributed worldwide. The infographic below highlights some of the accomplishments.
This infographic was produced by Online Colleges
Photo Credit: India Girls by One Laptop Per Child, 2008