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Singapore: Changing the world, one laptop at a time

Irene Tham of the Straits Times, Singapore writes:
MOST would agree it takes more than a laptop to make a difference in a child's life. But the man behind non-profit organization One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) - whose tagline is 'Give a laptop, change the world' - is not swayed by naysayers. 'When people tell you that something is impossible, they usually have a vested interest in it not coming true,' said Professor Nicholas Negroponte, founder of OLPC. The organization aims to provide every disadvantaged child in Third World nations with a laptop. Its goal - and one which Prof Negroponte emphasized repeatedly - 'is not a laptop project but an education project'. He believes that laptops will make learning fun for children, who he said drop out of school in the Third World 'because they got bored, not because they need to work or look after their siblings'. Speaking to The Straits Times before his speech at the Singapore Management University's (SMU) School of Information Systems yesterday evening, he cited the netbook revolution and the one million underprivileged children who now have a laptop as proof of OLPC's success. He went as far as to say that personal computer (PC) makers were threatened soon after OLPC unveiled its prototype laptop in November 2005, inevitably leading to the netbook revolution.
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Elvin (not verified) says: I believe in education and sharing. I just gave one lap top :) July 27, 2009 at 8 am

Irrawady (not verified) says: Why indonesia can't get OLPC ??? if can where i can get a laptop??? August 2, 2009 at 3 pm

Christian (not verified) says: Great for the childs. Professor Negroponte founded a very useful organisation. August 6, 2009 at 6 am

John (not verified) says: Why Tanzania is not yet considered as it is in the Third world countries with poor and underprevilledged child August 10, 2009 at 6 am

rolf (not verified) says: This laptop would make for a great game to sell in game shops. August 25, 2009 at 7 pm

LENAATA NATA AMACHREE (not verified) says: This laptop is wonderful,its a great tool that can be used in catching the attention of the kids,it looks like a play thing(toy),but an educational tool.NICHOLAS NEGROPONTE,THANK U. September 12, 2009 at 10 am

ryan (not verified) says: i love this site October 12, 2009 at 9 pm

ryan (not verified) says: its like sugar, simply addictive October 12, 2009 at 9 pm

ryan (not verified) says: how do we give lap tops? October 12, 2009 at 9 pm