SOURCE: One Laptop per Child

One Laptop per Child

February 26, 2009 13:47 ET

College Students Join Together for a Worldwide Grassroots Learning Movement in Africa This Summer

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - February 26, 2009) - One Laptop per Child is beginning an internship program in which up to 100 teams of university students from around the world will distribute thousands of XO laptops to children in Africa this summer. Partnering with schools and non-governmental organizations in Africa, undergraduate and graduate students from around the world will provide educational opportunities that facilitate self-expression and exploration for children.

One Laptop per Child is providing each team with 100 XO laptops, related hardware, and $10,000 for operating costs. Student teams will have the opportunity to attend an orientation workshop in Kigali, Rwanda from June 8-17. Afterwards, they will spend nine weeks in an African nation, working directly with local community partners to integrate the XO into primary education.

OLPC founder and Chairman Nicholas Negroponte said that the new program "represents a determined effort by One Laptop per Child to engage university students worldwide in bringing an education revolution to children living in some of the most remote places on Earth. By empowering students from a multitude of countries and cultures to act as agents of change, the belief that all children have a right to quality education -- regardless of where they happen to live -- will spread across the globe."

To date, One Laptop per Child has put over 500,000 XO laptops into the hands of children all across the world. The One Laptop per Child association developed a low-cost laptop -- the "XO Laptop" -- to revolutionize how we educate the world's children. One Laptop per Child's mission is to provide educational opportunities for the world's poorest children by providing each child with a rugged, low-cost, low-power, connected laptop with content and software designed for collaborative, joyful, self-empowered learning.

The OLPCorps program features a high level of local community involvement, as local schools and NGOs will sustain the project for years to come.

More information about the OLPCorps project can be found at www.laptop.org. Please contact Paul Commons (Commons@laptop.org) with questions.

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