The BBC “reports”:http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/6224183.stm?ls that the OLPC project could launch by mid 2007, and the _first countries to sign up to buying the machine include Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Nigeria, Libya, *Pakistan* and Thailand._ For a nice change, Pakistan is actually doing something right in the field of education. At the moment however, Pakistan has only made “postive noises”:http://paktribune.com/news/index.shtml?161609 without actually commiting to the project. Another possibility in the works is that the UAE might buy the laptops and donate them to Pakistan – but again the details still need to be ironed out.
“Wikipedia on the OLPC”:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Children%27s_Machine:
bq. The Children’s Machine, also known as 2B1 or XO-1 and previously as the $100 Laptop, is a proposed inexpensive laptop computer intended to be distributed to children around the world, especially to those in poor countries, to provide them with access to knowledge and modern forms of education.
A trial batch of 2500 laptops are “shipping out to eight developing countries”:http://www.reuters.com/article/technologyNews/idUSN0517553520070212 this month,including Pakistan!
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