Newsletter
Weather
Community
English home Forum Photo Gallery Features Newsletter Archive   About US Help Site Map
China
World
Opinion
Business
Sci-Edu
Culture/Life
Sports
Photos
 Services
- Newsletter
- Online Community
- China Biz Info
- News Archive
- Feedback
- Voices of Readers
- Weather Forecast
 RSS Feeds
- China 
- Business 
- World 
- Sci-Edu 
- Culture/Life 
- Sports 
- Photos 
- Most Popular 
- FM Briefings 
 Search
 About China
- China at a glance
- China in brief 2004
- Chinese history
- Constitution
- Laws & regulations
- CPC & state organs
- Ethnic minorities
- Selected Works of Deng Xiaoping

Home >> Life
UPDATED: 08:38, November 25, 2005
Nigerian president lauds 100-dollar laptop initiative for children
font size    

Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo on Thursday described the proposed 100 US dollars "One Laptop per Child" (OLPC) initiative designed for developing the countries' children as "a great idea."

The non-profit OLPC initiative was first announced by Nicholas Negroponte, who heads the Media Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, at the World Economic Forum in Davos in January this year.

The aim of Negroponte's initiative is to provide each child in the developing world with a laptop that can also act as an e-book, a tablet PC and a TV in a bid to help bridge the digital divide.

"This is not just one laptop for a child, it is for education, communication and for children to develop initiative and learn," Obasanjo, also chairman of the 53-member African Union, told Negroponte in Nigeria's capital Abuja.

According to a presidential statement, Obasanjo stated his government has already budgeted for a million pieces of the model computer, and urged Negroponte to include Nigeria in the pilot phase of the project.

Negroponte had earlier said the entire initiative targets children whom he said are the "most precious resource of any nation," the statement added.

The OLPC initiative, which is expected to be launched simultaneously around the world next year, has Nigeria, Egypt, Brazil and Thailand among the pilot countries. Big names such as web search leader Google and media mogul Rupert Murdoch are sponsoring the project.

Source: Xinhua


Comments on the story Comment on the story Recommend to friends Tell a friend Print friendly Version Print friendly format Save to disk Save this


   Recommendation
- Text Version
- RSS Feeds
- China Forum
- Newsletter
- People's Comment
- Most Popular
 Related News
- Cut-price laptop unveiled for students 


Manufacturers, Exporters, Wholesalers - Global trade starts here.
Copyright by People's Daily Online, all rights reserved