The idea behind the One Laptop per Child programme is to empower the children of developing countries to learn by providing one connected laptop to every school-age child.
One Laptop Per Child
Founded in 2005 by MIT Professor Nicholas Negroponte, the One Laptop per Child programme (OLPC) aims to open up educational opportunities for the world's poorest children by providing every child with a rugged, low-cost, low-power, connected laptop with content and software designed for collaborative, joyful, self-empowered learning. Fundamentally, it is led by the belief that given the tools (the laptop) children create their own learning (through content and collaboration).
The OLPC site states that "By giving a laptop, you are helping bring education to children in some of the world's most remote areas. You are connecting them to each other, to the world beyond and to a better future.
The core principles of the laptop scheme require ownership to be by children, laptops to be widely available, low cost in terms of running, wireless enabled and for the laptops to use free and open source software."
Education is a Child's Right
In order to accomplish this goal, people need to believe that education for the world’s children is a priority, not a privilege. It's ambitious and visionary and not without some criticism but to me it represents an important action towards addressing the global void in educational provision for all.
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