Nicholas Negroponte

Regents' Lecturer - Eliminating Poverty by Learning Learning

February 8, 2007, 6:00 pm   » 

Common practice in bridging the so-called "digital divide" in developing
nations is to build computer labs in schools and teach children WORD and
EXCEL thirty minutes a week. This is misguided. Children should not learn
productivity software suited for office workers. They should make things,
they should communicate, they should explore the Internet. In short, they
should learn learning, which includes the passion to learn.

The One Laptop per Child project is guided by the belief that you can
eliminate poverty with education. It aims to engage children in their own
education as well as peer-to-peer learning, by equipping every child with a
connected laptop with features you have never dreamed of. By doing this
globally, at a very large scale, and as a non-profit association, the birth
of the $100 laptop is feasible. At least six countries, three continents and
five million children will be involved in the launch.

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