One Laptop Per Child: Lubuto Library Project
Hello Yoko Ono,
My name is Ann Buki, and I volunteer and work for the Lubuto Library Project (http://www.lubuto.org). I enjoyed the One Laptop Per Child video with John as spokesperson, and thought that you’d like to see how our project is using them in Zambia.
One Laptop Per Child
The mission of One Laptop per Child (OLPC) is to empower the children of developing countries to learn by providing one connected laptop to every school-age child. In order to accomplish our goal, we need people who believe in what we’re doing and want to help make education for the world’s children a priority, not a privilege.
It’s not a laptop project. It’s an education project
In 2002, MIT Professor Nicholas Negroponte experienced first-hand how connected laptops transformed the lives of children and their families in a remote Cambodian village. A seed was planted: If every child in the world had access to a computer, what potential could be unlocked? What problems could be solved? These questions eventually led to the foundation of One Laptop per Child, and the creation of the XO laptop.
OLPC’s mission is to provide a means for learning, self-expression, and exploration to the nearly two billion children of the developing world with little or no access to education. While children are by nature eager for knowledge, many countries have insufficient resources to devote to education—sometimes less than $20 per year per child (compared to an average of $7,500 in the United States). By giving children their very own connected XO laptop, we are giving them a window to the outside world, access to vast amounts of information, a way to connect with each other, and a springboard into their future. And we’re also helping these countries develop an essential resource—educated, empowered children.
One Laptop Per Child – Part One
One Laptop Per Child – Part Two
One Laptop Per Child – Part Three
One Laptop Per Child – Part Four
One Laptop Per Child – Flickr photostream
John Lennon makes a television commercial for charity,
28 years after his death.
Through the use of digital technology, former Beatle John Lennon urges
people across the United States to support a campaign by “One Laptop per
Child” to deliver tough, solar-powered XO laptop computers to the world’s
“Imagine every child no matter where in the world they were could access
a universe of knowledge. They would have a chance to learn, to dream, to
achieve anything they want,” a voice and video image of Lennon has been
created to say.
“I tried to do it through my music, but now you can do it in a very different
way. You can give a child a laptop and more than imagine, you can change
the world,” says the musician in a play on one his best known songs, 1971’s
Lennon was shot and killed as he and his wife, Yoko Ono, arrived at their
Manhattan apartment building on December 8, 1980.
Ono approved the “One Laptop per Child” commercial, which was launched
on Thursday and will be shown on donated broadcast and cable time. It can
also be seen at www.youtube.com/olpc.
The “One Laptop per Child” Foundation, created in 2005, is a spinoff from
the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and started producing the
XO laptop late last year at a manufacturing cost per machine under $200.
From OLPC: “After weeks of hard work, here is our latest PSA – a message
“from” John Lennon about the power each one of us has to change the
word. None of this would have been possible without support from Yoko
Ono, animation from TAXI New York, and a little video wizardry with the
lips from an awesome group in California. Thank you!”
Buy one from Amazon (US) here.
TED Talks: Nicholas Negroponte
The vision behind One Laptop Per Child
TED Talks Nicholas Negroponte
Bringing One Laptop per Child to Colombia
One Laptop Per Child
Founded in 2005 by MIT professor Nicholas Negroponte, the One Laptop per
Child (OLPC) has a simple mission: to create educational opportunities for
the world’s poorest children by providing each and every one with a rugged,
low-cost, low-power, connected laptop with content and software designed
for collaborative, joyful, self-empowered learning.
By giving a laptop, you are helping bring education to children in some of the
world’s most remote areas. You are connecting them to each other.
And to a better future.
For more details please visit laptop.org.
We are launching a “Give One, Get One” donation campaign this winter, to
raise funds for projects in the least developed countries.
After one year of fieldwork, we have over 500,000 laptops in countries such as
Peru, Uruguay, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Afghanistan, Mongolia, and Haiti.
You can see the results on this channel and on our Flickr photosets:
OLPC is a community-driven project that has designed the XO laptop to help
children learn, and to tap into our innate capacity to share and create. The XO is
rugged and ideal for outdoor classrooms and harsh environments.
Its ultra-low-power design means it can be charged by the Sun.
Join us to help further our work: