23 June 2012

Rwanda: Mineduc Distributes OLPC Computers to Disabled Students

The Ministry of Education through the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) programme early this week gave a total of 175 XO laptops to Filippo Smaldone school situated in Nyamirambo, Kigali city.

The school accommodates students with hearing disability. They are admitted in both primary and secondary levels.

The OLPC coordinator Nkubito Makuramutsa visited the school in company of a friend of Rwanda called Larry Webber from the United States of America.

In his remarks, Webber said that what is most important is not introducing technology, but providing technology to children as early as possible so that they can grow familiar with internet for further development in successful life skills.

"It is very clear that where the OLPC programme is used, children learn to read early, are good in mathematics, learn working together and perform well in exams," stressed Webber said to thebasic12.

According to Bakuramutsa, the OLPC programme is currently doing well and the results have manifested in schools where the programme has reached.

The Ministry has sofa distributed about 111, 459 XO laptops in schools and are yet to donate 150, 000 more, by the end of this year.

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