OLPC Gives a Laptop to Every Child in Niue

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The One Laptop per Child or OLPC project has been both ambitious and inspiring since it was first conceived. Ambitious because it seems impossible to give all the world’s children a laptop apiece, and inspiring because it seems to be the right thing to do. Too inspiring in fact that it launched a whole new array of ultra cheap ultra mobile personal computers or what we now know as the UMPCs.

The OLPC foundation is far from its goal. They haven’t even reached their first step of producing a laptop that costs at most $100 dollars. The OLPC now costs a little over $100 to produce and about $200 to ship and market. However, OLPC has achieved the one laptop per child goal in the small pacific island of Niue.

Niue, or "the Rock of Polynesia" or simply "the Rock" (yeah, like Alcatraz), is a tiny island nation 2700 miles from New Zealand, its main source of income and subsidy. The OLPC foundation has completed providing all the country’s primary and secondary students their very own laptop. Niue only has elementary and high school, and the student population makes up one third of the island-nation’s population.

However small the achievement is, it is still a step in the inspired goal of the foundation. Providing 500 children of Niue’s entire 1500 population is a silver lining in the non-profit organization’s ultimate yet utterly improbable goal of providing every child with their own laptop.

"Niue now becomes the first country in the world to have 100 percent saturation of laptop per child," said Jimmie Rodgers, the director general of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community.

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