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1 Meters Maken voor Millennium (Making Miles for Millennium) and OLPC NL Harrie Vollaard en Gertie Clabbers 13 december 2008 Utrecht

2 Agenda Our route and contribution Impact of the XO OLPC Learnings Remarks How to proceed St. Meters Maken voor Millennium, KvK , rek.nr , Sperwerstraat 51, 6541 SB, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

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4 Pskov Nizhny Novgorod Ulan Baatar Bangalore Serachour St. Meters Maken voor Millennium, KvK , rek.nr , Sperwerstraat 51, 6541 SB, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

5 Our contribution 1 India – 30 XO’s – Cooperation with Parikrma Foundation and ‘OLPC India’ – 1 school in Bangalore Nepal, – 320 XO’s + infra (in progress) – Cooperation with Foundation Maya and OLE Nepal – 2 schools in Serachour (close to Pokhara) St. Meters Maken voor Millennium, KvK , rek.nr , Sperwerstraat 51, 6541 SB, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

6 Our contribution 2 Russia; – 50 XO’s, Nova sensors, Mindstorm and infra – Cooperation with Pedagogic University of Nizhny Novgorod, Center of Distance Learning Education in Pskov, State Electrotechnical University of St. Petersburg – Summer camp, school for visual impaired children, different schools in Pskov Nizhny Novgorod: and Pskov: Mongolia – 3 schoolservers, routers, accespoints etc. – Cooperation with OLPC and Mongolian government – 3 schools in Ulan Bator (3000 children) en St. Meters Maken voor Millennium, KvK , rek.nr , Sperwerstraat 51, 6541 SB, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

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8 St. Meters Maken voor Millennium, KvK , rek.nr , Sperwerstraat 51, 6541 SB, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

9 Impact of the XO Education makes a long lasting difference Huge potential for the XO everywhere It closes the gap between Western countries and developing countries (from ‘stone’ age to modern age) It gives the children a choice (e.g. Russia, Bangalore) It has impact on the child, but also on environment of child (brothers, sisters, parents) XO used for personal development, but has also value for environment (internet information available) Little money, big impact St. Meters Maken voor Millennium, KvK , rek.nr , Sperwerstraat 51, 6541 SB, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

10 OLPC Research organization No business processes in place (ordering/shipping) Focus on big numbers Price mechanism unclear Limited support Single distribution channel GiveMany program No or limited technical support and warranty Knowlegde sharing platform can be improved Functional roadmap can be improved St. Meters Maken voor Millennium, KvK , rek.nr , Sperwerstraat 51, 6541 SB, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

11 Learnings 1 XO great combination software and hardware; unique of its kind. XO is positioned for 6 – 10 years old, older ages are going to use the regular PC Introduction of the XO at the different deployments usually starts at 6 years old. Children learn computer capabilities and don’t care if it’s Microsoft or not. Every deployment is still in an embryonic stage. What the real effects are, are still unclear IT is usually seen as a separate course and is not integrated in the lessons yet. XO and internet really helps in the distribution of schoolbooks to remote areas and helps the children (no need to carry heavy school bags in monsoon) Circle of Life (education, food, healthcare, family); Calculate the real costs (multiply the XO costs by a x factor) St. Meters Maken voor Millennium, KvK , rek.nr , Sperwerstraat 51, 6541 SB, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

12 Learnings 2 Start small, scale fast Start with one project at the time Work with local organizations, NGO’s Check first the local situation Limit dependencies with OLPC Connect to local grassroots or linux/open source groups Solve technical support problem Learn how to handle corruption, incapable personel and political interests Handle shipment and customs clearance St. Meters Maken voor Millennium, KvK , rek.nr , Sperwerstraat 51, 6541 SB, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

13 Learnings 3 Training of teachers critical success factor Model OLE Nepal is a good start Professional project management is key Knowledge sharing platform is necessary St. Meters Maken voor Millennium, KvK , rek.nr , Sperwerstraat 51, 6541 SB, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

14 Remarks from outsiders First food then education Why one laptop per child? but critics are always from Westerners St. Meters Maken voor Millennium, KvK , rek.nr , Sperwerstraat 51, 6541 SB, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

15 How to proceed Nepal (320 XO’s) India (3 schools) Evaluation OLPC Fund raising Learning model (OLE Nepal) Sharing knowledge how to run projects St. Meters Maken voor Millennium, KvK , rek.nr , Sperwerstraat 51, 6541 SB, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

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