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SDA India Magazine: Is the 100-Dollar Laptop the Roadblock for Education?

Aug 02, 2006, 23:15 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Priya George)

"The plan to develop a 100-dollar laptop for distribution to millions of schoolchildren in developing countries has caught the interest of many governments and the attention of computer-industry heavyweights but not that of India. It would come as a major disappointment to the people behind the 'One Laptop per Child' initiative. India being one of the major markets targeted by the group has rejected the idea completely. Nicholas Negroponte, the co-founder of the Media Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has detailed specifications for a 100-dollar windup-powered laptop targeted at children in developing nations.

"India's Education Secretary Sudeep Banerjee said in a statement that this product would not benefit the kids in India where they can do better with the funds being spent on more classrooms and teachers..."

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