India Rejects $100 One Laptop Per Child Project

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Nigeria may have ordered 1 million of the OLPC laptops, but India isn't saying "Thank you, come again" to Nicholas Negroponte and his band of MIT hooligans. The Indian Ministry of Education said the laptop was "paedagogically suspect" and that "We cannot visualise a situation for decades when we can go beyone the pilot stage. We need classrooms and teachers more urgently than fancy tools."


He goes on to say: "We do not think that the idea of Prof Negroponte is mature enough to be taken seriously at this stage and no major country is presently following this. Even inside America, there is not much enthusiasm about this." Harsh words, as Nigeria probably doesn't like being called a minor country.

Although Nigeria ordered 1 million, they won't be getting their shipments until other countries jump in and push the total order number up around 5 or 10 million units.


India rejects One Laptop per Child [The Register - Thanks Manu!]

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Seems like a lot of countries who have been 'informed' that they 'need' these have more pressing priorities than laptops for children. The people behind this project are just in it for the recognition; this is simply a useless endeavor.