One Laptop/Child in Niue

August 24, 2008 / No Comments

onelaptopperchild One Laptop/Child in Niue

Niue (I had to look it up, too) will become the first country to launch the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) initiative. The goal is to be the first country in the world for every child, all 6 of them?, to have a laptop. The population of the whole island is less than 1,700.

In truth, there are about 500 students in both Niue primary and high schools. The laptops are the students for life and are their library to the world said Jimmie Rodgers, the director general of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community.

The laptops cost about $200 and 5,000 of them have been ear marked for the Pacific. Education is a good thing. For a child to have access to the world’s information is a grand thing … until they ask, “What’s McDonald’s?” And want to know other such things Western as might spoil their paradise in the south Pacific.

Of course, education is not just having access to info but being able to discern which info is credible and relevant to the learner. No?