ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

ONE LAPTOP PER CHILD

Updated on December 16, 2007

Researchers at the MIT Media Laboratory have developed a very $100 laptop computer—with the One Laptop per Child initiative. The initiative was put forth by MIT’s Professor Nicholas Negroponte, currently the chairman of the OLPC association.

The goal of the foundation is to provide children around the world with new opportunities to explore, experiment, and express themselves. To that end, OLPC is designing a laptop, educational software, manufacturing base, and distribution system to provide children outside of the first-world with otherwise unavailable technological learning opportunities. It’s an education project, not a laptop project, says Nicholas Negroponte. The One Laptop per Child initiative wants to develop and distribute $100 laptops to poor children around the world. Despite eager observers and exciting breakthroughs technologically, it has found the path to customers more rocky than anticipated. They are proposing a new kind of school, an “expanded school” which grows well beyond the walls of the classroom.

The plan is to initially distribute 5–15 million units in large-scale pilot projects in seven culturally diverse countries (China, India, Brazil, Argentina, Egypt, Nigeria, and Thailand), with 1 million units or more in each of these countries. The laptops would be marketed by the millions directly to ministries of education, which can distribute them like textbooks.

Nigeria has backed after an initial order of one million computers.

The laptops are both a window and a tool—a window into the world and a tool with which to think. They are a wonderful way for all children to “learn learning” through independent interaction and exploration. By using mesh networking, the vision is for children to interact while doing homework, and even share homework tips on a local community scale.

The Indian Ministry of Education said the laptop was "pedagogically suspect" and that "We cannot visualize a situation for decades when we can go beyond the pilot stage. We need classrooms and teachers more urgently than fancy tools." HRD contends that spending Rs 450 crore on digital empowerment can be better spent on primary and secondary education..

The project has received criticism due to possible environmental and health impacts of hazardous materials found in computers.

If you are technology-centric person, in the West you don’t think in terms of a computer replacing a teacher, but in a budget strapped developing country environment, resources are so limited, there are not enough teachers. Should PCs absorb money that could pay for additional teachers? The so-called $100 laptops for children may make it to India after all.

One Laptop Per Child kept talking to Indian officials, companies and non-governmental agencies. And a pilot test began recently in which 22 children in first through fourth grades in a rural, one-room school in the Indian state.

What happens when a country of the size of India has over 3 million children living on the streets?

Or has over 150 million children working as bonded labourers?

Or one out of every six girl child does not live to see her 15th birthday?

What happens when despite having a national policy for compulsory primary education, only 50% of children have access to education?

Even after 60 years of independence, half of India's children are illiterate?

Despite identifying primary education as a key thrust area and possessing one of the largest networks of schools in the world?,

Is it really necessary for each child to have his or her own

computer? Why not share computers in community centers?

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Princessa profile image

      Wendy Iturrizaga 

      10 years ago from France

      Very informative hub

    • siddhinfo profile image

      Shrihari Sawant 

      10 years ago from Goa (India)

      Nice post every one will enjoy reading it

    • gabriella05 profile image

      gabriella05 

      10 years ago from Oldham

      In England we have the same, each child got to have a computer in class but we have the big stores that for every £15.00 you’ll spend they will give you I thing is 3 coupons you will take them to school and they can by computers books sport gears.

      Earth Angel, I think that life improvement com through some sort of education whether is passed down from father to son or through school, you will need at least math.

      Great hub Manoharv

    • MrMarmalade profile image

      MrMarmalade 

      10 years ago from Sydney

      The new Australian has pladged that all high school children shall get a new Computer each in 2008.

      I trust the promise is not going down the tubes like it sounds that deal to being sponsored by USA business.

      Thanks for your great hub as usual

    • Earth Angel profile image

      Earth Angel 

      10 years ago

      GREAT Hub manoharv2001!!

      I am familiar with this project and loved the idea from the beginning!! I didn't know Nigeria had backed out!!?? Plus, I wasn't aware that the poor countries were paying for each of the computers; I thought the $100 computers were being donated by U.S. business donations?? At least that's the "spin" in the U.S. and well, we kind of know that is not the most accurate!!??

      I LOVE the idea of each child having a computer, if it can be done!! I agree, first a community one!! But each child having a computer means all their brothers and sisters and cousins and neighbors will have access as well!! Plus, it gives a child the chance to spend as many hours learning as they choose!!

      "Which came first, the chicken or the egg?" Does the quality of life in India need to improve before education, or, is it through education that the quality of life will improve!!??

      What are your thoughts??

      Again, GREAT Hub!! Blessings to you and yours!! Namaste' Earth Angel!!

    • Whitney05 profile image

      Whitney 

      10 years ago from Georgia

      Hm... Interesting... It truly is a big goal to have, as there are millions of children around the world that could benefit from the organization.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)