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Here is the laptop that helps children become creative learners, critical thinkers, problem solvers and forget rote learning. By adopting them a country may unleash the kind of creativity it saw in ...

Here is the laptop that helps children become creative learners, critical thinkers, problem solvers and forget rote learning. By adopting them a country may unleash the kind of creativity it saw in the entrepreneurship that found expression after India freed its economy a bit in the early 1990s.



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  • Let’s transform the future of India as done in other developing economies in the world
  • Let’s transform the future of India as done in other developing economies in the world

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  • One Laptop Per Child India Foundation Transforming “Learning”
    Satish Jha
    Chairman, OLPC India Foundation
    +91 99100 22922
  • India currently has the largest illiterate population of any nation on earth
  • Poor have aspirations beyond survival
    They recognize that only education can help achieve aspirations.
    And they are willing to invest in the future.
    Can our current educational eco-system alone deliver on these aspirations?
  • Significant progress in reducing out of school children
    But challenges of quality and adequacy of current education format remain.
    Can doing more of the same really make our children compete for opportunities in 2020?
  • The solution needs to be …
    Future ready – ‘the cell-phone of education’
    Transformational – generational leaps
    Doable – practical, implementable and accepted by the stakeholders
    Financially viable – entrepreneurial thinking to make it available at $1 per week
    An idea originated in villages like India’s, Africa and wherever we saw deprivation and lack of access to what we thought was a human right– spreading across the globe
  • What is OLPC [one laptop per child]
    A project designed to help underprivileged children access sustainable education that is in sync with today’s needs.
    A rugged, low-cost, low-power, connected laptop with content and software designed for collaborative, joyful, self-empowered learning. It is a tool for education that creates skill sets that can transform lives.
  • Our laptops are capable of transforming the way a child “learns” by combining technology & pedagogy
    OLPC produces a unique laptop:
    pioneered a new generation of solid state hard disk, zero maintenance, village friendly computing
    primary school market currently being addressed
    Some of the features unique to OLPC laptop:
    low power consumption of 2 watts
    networking without internet
    water proof keyboard
    stringent ROHS norms
    dual mode operation
    sunlight friendly
    WIFI mesh networking
    electric power can be produced manually and through solar
    new “sugar” interface designed
    open Source
    First Green laptop
    Proven and market tested in 40 countries
  • XO Laptops have a unique mechanical design
    • No moving parts
    • No hard drive, no fans
    • Droppable
    • Extra rigid shell
    • Bumper (replaceable)
    • Shock mounted LCD
    • Moisture/dust/dirt resistant
    • Keyboard
    • USB, microphone etc - protected
    • Connector reinforcement
    • Transformer hinge
  • OLPC has major partners in both private & public sectors
  • OLPC’s presence has rapidly spread to 41 countries worldwide since 2007….
    “With the laptop we can say that our school is really elevated because the children are really learning more... They see themselves discovering things that they have never been doing before.” — Mrs. M., Galadima School, Abuja, Nigeria
  • ….and it has proved to be successful!
    Largest deployments since 2007
    Peru – 594,000
    Uruguay – 430,000
    Rwanda – 110,000
    Argentina – 60,000
    Key Milestones
    * numbers as of March 2010
  • OLPC has gained a lot of recognition across the globe
    IDSA - Business Week, Gold Awards, (Product) (Strategy) 2008
    Red Dot Design Award, 2008
    London Design Museum's Brit Insurance Design of the Year, 2008
    INDEX "Community" Award, 2007
    ID Magazine "Concept Design", 2007
    Spark Award - Product Award, 2007
    IF Product Design Award, 2006
    Chicago Athenaeum – Good Design Award, 2006
    In the words of Mr. Kofi Annan:
    "When they start reaching the hands of the world's children, these robust and versatile machines will enable kids to become more active in their own learning. Children will be able to learn by doing, not just through instruction or rote memorization. And they will be able to open a new front in their education: peer-to-peer learning."
  • OLPC Schools in India today
    Current Deployments
    Govt of Manipur, Imphal, Manipur
    Katha Khazana School, Govindpuri, Kalkaji, New Delhi
    Kusgaon Village School, Distt Pune, Maharashtra
    Udaan Schools, Uttarakhand (Dr Veena Sethi)
    Keekerwale Primary School, Shriganganagar, Rajasthan
    Chiragh Grammar School, Uttar Pradesh
    Khairat school, Khairat-Dhangarwada Village, Maharashtra
    Parikrma Center for Learning, Bangalore, Karnataka
    Aradhna Convent School, Bangalore, Karnataka
    Holy Mother School, Nashik, Maharasthra
    Saint-Anthony School, Dugawar
    Auroville, Tamil Nadu
    Mandal Parishad Primary School, Aziznagar AP
    VenuUdayar Middle School, Palayanur village, Tamil Nadu.
    Poorva Maadhyamik Vidyalaya, Bhagmalpur, Distt Jaunpur, Uttar Pradesh
    Chiragh Grammar School, Meerut (U.P.) and Project Writeup
    Belgaum District, Karnataka
    Ahmedabad, Gujarat funded by MangoTree Group
  • Some of the states that have approved or are currently considering OLPC’s revolutionary educational strategy
    Our aim is to establish OLPC’s presence in all 28 states and 7 union territories
  • XO laptops benefit children AND teachers, parents and the society as a whole
  • Let us make this happen – A Laptop for Every Child
    Adopt a village for Total Cost of only
    Rs. 16,500 per child!
  • OLPC Generation 2: E-book Mode