Introduction Mission Long-term Goals Five Principles XO Laptop Map Distribution Strategy Contributions Disadvantages
One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) organization is a non- profit company, which was founded by Nicholas Negroponte; In an attempt to distribute the laptop to the worlds poorest children. Nicholas Negroponte unveiled the idea of OLPC, a $100 PC that would transform education for the worlds disadvantaged school children by giving them the means to teach themselves and each other. Although it is an non-profit organization, it is funded by organizations such as Google, Ebay, AMD, Red Hat.
OLPCs mission is to supply XO laptops to countries with worlds poorest children and to create educational opportunities.
By providing each child with the laptop, OLPCs goal is to have children collaborating with other children around the globe through, and sharing ideas via an internet connection. Most importantly, this is an education project, not an laptop project. Nicholas Negroponte
1. The kids are keep the laptop; This means children take the laptop home with them, and get to use it at their leisure. 2. Focus on early education; It gives children a head start with education, because information is at their fingertips. 3. No one gets left out; Laptop distributed at the same time, so no child is left out. 4. Connection to the internet; Makes gathering information much quicker and comprehensive. 5. Free to grow and adapt; It provides vast knowledge and adapts to child uniqueness.
The XO is a potent learning tool designed and built especially for children in developing countries, living in some of the most remote environments. Its about the size of a small textbook. It has built-in wireless and a unique screen that is readable under direct sunlight for children who go to school outdoors. Its extremely durable, brilliantly functional, and fun. It is environmental friendly, and it is designed to work under harsh condition. Schools in South America, Africa, and Asia are already using them.
Specifications: -AMD Geode LX-700 C CPU, 433 MHz - 256 MB RAM, 1GB flash for mass storage Extremely low power architecture -7.5 in. LCD display. Two viewing modes Networking - Integrated wireless 802.11
The Xo laptop is given to the government and distributed by the school body. Similar to school uniforms, the laptop handed out the first day of school, and they are to remain the students property. The software is developed to function in several languages, to make the learning experience much more engaging.
The Give 1 Get 1 program was established as a donation plan in which you buy one XO laptop, and the second one is sent to a child in a developing country. The program was a success that they decided to run a second Give 1 Get 1 donation program in 2008. Even though they were not as successful as they were in the previous year, they manage to distribute the laptop to 30 countries in Europe, USA, Canada, some central and south American, African, Asian countries. Since, they have to decided mainly focus on fundraising efforts.
The aim is to close information gaps between rich and poor countries by supplying laptops to schools. OLPC devised cost amount of $100 per laptop. This means each child would own a computer, independent of any institution. Along with its ambitious objectives, there are a few problems come along with this development…
Providing children from completed access to the internet. Which raises question about information filtering. How can we be sure that children accessing the correct information needed? Will introducing laptop interfere with the information found in physical libraries? Because the introduction of laptops may prevent children from seeking information in public libraries.
As with all new development projects, there lie unforeseen issues. They have to face challenges of cost distribution, maintenance and training. There is a debate whether the organization should supply poor countries with nutrition instead of laptops. The Disadvantages
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