One Laptop Per Child

September 24, 2007

“It’s an education project, not a laptop project.”   — Nicholas Negroponte

This morning while I was comfortably sitting at my computer before school saving a document to my flash drive to bring to the lab of computers at school, I thought how different life would be without computers.  I am sort of a tech geek so of course computers are important to my life, but almost everyone I know (even those people who are terrible with computer..cough…cough…Christina) uses a computer at least once  day.   The thought brought me back to one of my favorite topics: the One Laptop Per Child Project.

For those of you who don’t already know, the project is a global initiative to bring affordable (originally ~100$ but more like 180$) computers to developing nations.  The idea is that technology is the route to education and education is the route to equality.  From the project’s website (laptop.org) :

OLPC is not, at heart, a technology program, nor is the XO a product in any conventional sense of the word. OLPC is a non-profit organization providing a means to an end—an end that sees children in even the most remote regions of the globe being given the opportunity to tap into their own potential, to be exposed to a whole world of ideas, and to contribute to a more productive and saner world community.

So I scanned the news for the most recent update, and sure enough the project is proceeding forward and there is a new development.

OLPC has just launched OLPC USA: XO-1 laptop sales at $400 per computer in a ‘Give 1 Get 1′ program. A two-week programme from November 12 will enable the US and Canadian buyers to pay $399 for an XO laptop created for the third world – and for each one sold to them, another will be given for free to a child in a developing nation.