OLPC, IDB to launch pilot project in Haiti

The One Laptop Per Child Foundation (OLPC) has teamed up with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to launch a pilot project in Haiti.

Under this partnership, the project aims to contribute XO laptops to 13,200 students and 500 teachers in 60 Haitian primary schools. The Haitian government is hoping that the use of laptops will speed up the learning process for students, who enter school late or have to repeat grades. Both organisations are financing the projects to test whether the use of laptops in schools on a one-to-one basis can improve teaching and learning in Haiti. One aim of the project is to determine how the laptops can be used to help solve problems such as a shortage of qualified teachers, as well as educating children of different ages and grades in the same classroom. The project will be evaluated by UNESCO's Regional Office on Education in Latin America and the Caribbean, which will conduct standardised math and language tests before and after the pilot project to determine performance improvements.

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