Intel, OLPC offers laptop for Nigerian students

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This is the first time, Nigerian students will interact with their new laptops from One Laptop Per Child Project (OPLC).Like OLPC, Intel, the global chip manufacturing company is also trying to put low-cost laptops on school desks.

OLPC, is a non profitable organization, which is committed to design, test and ship 15 million low cost child-friendly laptops to developing countries. Intel just like OLPC tested its low cost laptop, Classmate PC in Nigeria. Eight countries including Nigeria, South Africa have signed contracts to buy more than eight million of the machines in the first year of roll-out. The Education Trust Fund (ETF) is supporting Intel on the implementation of the pilot project, while Intel is also involved in teacher training, curriculum development and overall mentorship. The Classmate PC project in Nigeria is the first ICT based project, which delivers ICT based learning for secondary education in Nigeria. It involves a fully developed e-classroom designed to create an ICT enabled environment for teaching and learning. Intel has also developed small mobile learning-assistant educational solution for students of developing countries to enhance and accelerate education training and development. The OLPC machine is Linux-based and have a 500MHz processor and 128MB of DRAM, with 500MB of Flash memory. It lacks a hard disk, but has four USB ports and wireless broadband that allows the machines to work as a mesh network and form an ad hoc local area network.

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