A US based non-profit organisation, funded by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) seeks to design, manufacture and distribute laptop computers that are sufficiently inexpensive, durable and potable under a project named One Laptop Per Child (OLPC). < ?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />
One million Nigerian children of primary school age are to benefit from the $100 Laptop scheme under the Project to give children in developing countries access to knowledge, educational tools and bridging the digital divide between rich and poor countries. Under the pilot project, which is going to be launched in the first quarter of 2007, about ten million computers will be manufactured and distributed to seven countries namely China, India, Brazil, Nigeria, Egypt, Thailand and Argentina. In each of these countries, the government will buy the machines and distribute them free of charge to students. A great proportion of the target population were children of the rural poor, the laptops will be designed to be rugged, very fast and consume low power.