One Laptop Per Child


First and foremost let me explain that I can not believe that I went so long without knowing about this organization. The guys and girls over at http://www.laptop.org have created the “XO”, a very durable, brilliantly functional, energy-efficient, and most importantly, fun, laptop that is about the size of a text book but comes stock with built-in wireless and a specially designed screen which is readable even in direct sunlight. So how much does it cost to get your hands on one of these badboys? A modest price of $100 will cover the costs needed to get this laptop but your recipient will gain much more than a $100 laptop, they will gain the opportunity to experience something they would have never experienced before and quite possible would never have experienced in their life had you not paid for this laptop. That’s right, with a $100 donation you make the XO available to one under privileged child in a developing country!

The mission of One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) is a simple one,

The mission of One Laptop per Child (OLPC) is to empower the children of developing countries to learn by providing one connected laptop to every school-age child. In order to accomplish our goal, we need people who believe in what we’re doing and want to help make education for the world’s children a priority, not a privilege.

It’s not a laptop project. It’s an education project

In 2002, MIT Professor Nicholas Negroponte experienced first-hand how connected laptops transformed the lives of children and their families in a remote Cambodian village. A seed was planted: If every child in the world had access to a computer, what potential could be unlocked? What problems could be solved? These questions eventually led to the foundation of One Laptop per Child, and the creation of the XO laptop.

OLPC’s mission is to provide a means for learning, self-expression, and exploration to the nearly two billion children of the developing world with little or no access to education. While children are by nature eager for knowledge, many countries have insufficient resources to devote to education—sometimes less than $20 per year per child (compared to an average of $7,500 in the United States). By giving children their very own connected XO laptop, we are giving them a window to the outside world, access to vast amounts of information, a way to connect with each other, and a springboard into their future. And we’re also helping these countries develop an essential resource—educated, empowered children.

After finding out about this project I just had to get myself into it so I’ve decided I am going to contact the organization and ask permission to print up some OLPC shirts with their logo in the front and their url in the back and where them all around town and set up a small etsy shop to sell the shirts so that I can raise the funds to donate my first $100 and change the life of a young child. If they are cool with me doing this I’ll have more info on where you can pick up your own sweet OLPC shirt in a later blog post.

I’m also going to be looking into other ways to help out with this project as I think it is just so important that young children have access to computers, and even more importantly, the internet, especially in this internet driven age and it is almost a crime that many children may never even lay their hands on a computer if nothing is done. Empowering our youth is our most important investment in our lives as our youth are our future and without them we are doomed not only to economic downfall but technological progression coming to a screeching halt and the minds of potential innovators will never be put to their full potential.

If you know of any other tech-based organizations trying to spread technology to those less fortunate please leave a comment so that I can check them out!

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2 Responses

  1. $100 is the cheap price for a education

  2. That’s what I’m saying, a humble $100 and you change the entire future of a young child. Not a bad tradeoff imo.

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