I sure hope the OLPC program in the Northern Australia territories has a significant effect — by connecting the children in these remote, isolated areas to the modern world.
THE dream first took form eight years ago when an American scientist imagined a world where every child in every country had a laptop computer.
That improbable dream gained strength, became a crusade and yesterday began its great sweep across remote north Australia.
At Yirrkala Community Education Centre on the northeast tip of Arnhem Land, the one laptop per child program handed over 200 of its XO “educational devices” – compact laptops, in white and green colours and almost indestructible.
Over the next 12 months, the OLPC program will deliver 15,000 of the laptops to remote schools across the inland and the north.
A total of 400,000 will be distributed, one for every child aged between four and 15 in regional and remote areas, by the time the program is complete in 2014.