One Laptop Per Child (OLPC #1) Project Deployed at Kikawali, Rajasthan, India
On March 24, 2010 India Foundation For Children Education and Care (Non-Profit Organization in USA)has joined hands with One Laptop Per Child (OLPC #1) Foundation, Tie-Sydney and Astha Vikas Samiti, Raisingh Nagar to help kick start the OLPC India project to help bridge the divide between the people who have access to information and technology.
The first of the XO laptop series was distributed in Kikarwali village, Rajasthan, India. Kikarwali School is about 32 miles from Sri Ganga Nagar and about 8 miles from Raisingh Nagar. All students in 6th and 7th grade received a XO laptop. This is first OLPC project in Rajasthan.
The XO has been created by the OLPC Foundation, USA. More than a laptop, it is intended to be an entire self-exploratory world a tool for empowerment and inclusive education for primary school children, between the ages of five and twelve. XO is sturdy, dustproof, shockproof, waterproof, its screen works as well under sunlight and comes with all basic skills developing applications and we can give the basic digital curriculum needed for the state along with the laptop.
OLPC initiative is a unique educational project to help all children learn on-screen regardless of the challenges, lack of resource and infrastructure may present. OLPC mission is to create educational opportunities for the world's poorest children by providing each child with a rugged, low-cost, low-power, connected laptop with content and software designed for collaborative, joyful, self-empowered learning. When children have access to this type of tool they get engaged in their own education. They learn, share, create, and collaborate. They become connected to each other, to the world and to a brighter future.
At the beginning, the goal is to expose the children to the interactive learning paradigm of OLPC and allow the children to discover new ways of learning and making learning more fun. In this stage, we will be using OLPC for extracurricular activities rather than curricular activities. While this is being done, we would be exploring the possibilities of courseware and content for curricular activities. This is an open-ended project to encourage the children to connect various aspects of knowledge in an interactive, collaborative and playful way.
Helping our children learn with the tools of our times is the most important investment we can make towards a better tomorrow. Thanks to everyone involved in making this a successful initiative.