Learning is the basis for full human, social, economic and democratic development. As the pace of change in the world increases dramatically, the urgency to prepare all children to be full citizens of the emerging world also increases dramatically. No one can predict the world our children will inherit. The best preparation for children is to develop the passion for learning and the ability to learn how to learn.
Yet many educational systems remain rooted in the past. The gaps in equity in education and subsequent opportunity are increasing, particularly in the least developed countries. Doing more of the same is not enough.
The root cause of the rapid change (digital technology) also provides the key for the solution. When every child has a connected laptop, they have in their hands the key to full development and participation. Limits are erased as they can learn and work with passionate experts around the world; they can access high-quality, modern materials; they can engage their passions and develop their expertise.
What children lack is not capability, it is opportunity and resources. The tool with which to unlock their enormous potential is the XO. Put this ultra-low-cost, powerful, rugged, low-power, ecological laptop in their hands and contribute to making a better world. In the first year of OLPC we have seen hundreds of thousands of previously marginalized children learn, achieve and begin to transform their communities. We can all contribute to providing this opportunity to millions more.