One Laptop Per Child (OLPC), the ingenious nonprofit group that offers children in third-world countries the ability to interact with technology, has partered with the East African Community group.
Through the new partnership, OLPC will be able to more quickly provide laptops to underprivileged youth in East African countries. The two groups jointly hope to raise enough money to send 20 million laptops to the area by 2015.
Its XO laptop is a very basic computer but is an invaluable tool to students in run-down villages, as it gives them access to learning tools and the ability to master new skills.
The program has been in place for a few years now and has been an unquestioned success, thanks to large volumes of donations. Involvement in the program spiked as soon as OLPC began its "buy one give one" program, wherein customers can send a donation to provide a child with a laptop overseas, and also receive one of the unique XO laptops themselves. The laptops are distributed to children as young as elementary school age.
"The East African Community is dedicating itself not simply to One Laptop per Child, but to a world in which the children become agents of change – making things, teaching each other and their families and affecting the social development of their community," said philanthropist Nicholas Negroponte, founder and chairman of OLPC.
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