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Mongolia commits to One Laptop per Child
Posted on 25-Oct-2007 11:52. | Tags Filed under: News.

Mongolia commits to One Laptop per Child
President Nambaryn Enkhbayar of Mongolia has announced his commitment to provide every child in his nation with a connected laptop by the end of 2010.

One Laptop per Child (OLPC) is a non-profit organization created by Nicholas Negroponte and others from the MIT Media Lab to design, manufacture and distribute laptop computers that are sufficiently inexpensive to provide every child in the world access to knowledge and modern forms of education. The laptops will be sold to governments and issued to children by schools on a basis of one laptop per child.

As a first step toward making this a reality Professor Nicholas Negroponte, founding chairman of the non-profit association, One Laptop per Child (OLPC), and Mr. Nyamaa Enkhbold, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Mongolia, agreed to launch the OLPC initiative in Mongolia as early as January 2008 and signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) thereof in the presence of President Enkhbayar.

In January, Mongolia and OLPC plan to launch a pilot project providing 20,000 units of the acclaimed XO laptops, to children ages 6 to 12 in the most remote parts of the country, as well as in the capital Ulaanbaatar. The XO laptop was specifically developed with its target users in mind, it is rugged, with an adaptive display, strong telecommunication capabilities, and sufficiently low powered that it can be hand cranked. So innovative, the New York Times described it as “absolutely amazing.”

This initiative will address the particularly challenging aspects of low density and nomadic populations, for whom Internet access and digital learning have been nearly impossible. Primarily an education project, not a laptop project, OLPC is aimed at improving children’s skills by providing them a means to learning (and playing) inside and outside of school.

Beginning on the 12th of November OLPC will launch a two-week Give 1 Get 1 program in the United States and Canada. During this time individuals can buy two XO’s for a total of US$399, one for themselves and the other to be donated to a child in a country like Mongolia.

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