Posted on | January 13, 2010 | No Comments
Students with their laptops in a Nigerian school. Photo by: OLPC.
At times referred to as Africa’s high-tech economy, Rwanda is planning to transform its economy by 2020 – and technology is a big part of the plan. According to a recent Economist article, introducing computers in the classrooms is one of the key issues.
Part of the Rwandan policy plan is that every child between 9-12 years old should have a laptop with internet connection by 2012 – a laptop that is to play a central role in the learning process, for example through the possibility of downloading free educational software. The American charity One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) will supply the laptops and the Rwandan government is hoping to extend the program to younger kids if all goes as planned. OLPC estimates that by 2012, they will be able to sell the laptops for as little as 75 USD – and that they will have developed more advanced models than those available today; ones that are waterproof, don’t break as easily, and have colour screens. The laptops will also work using minimal power.
Want to know more? Read the entire article here.
Source: The Economist.
Written by Fanny Johansson