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Laptops for schools

Frederica Elbourne
Thursday, May 03, 2012

EIGHT hundred laptops will be distributed to schools around the country in the months ahead.

It follows a partnership agreement earlier this week between the Bank of the South Pacific and One Laptop per Child (OLPC) an American-based non charitable organisation that is aimed at advancing education in the region.

Built in China and known as XO laptops, they are made especially for primary school students and is used in schools in countries like Rwanda, Solomon Islands, Haiti, Afghanistan, Ethiopia and some Russian republic states.

OLPC regional director for Oceania Michael Hutak said the BSP purchased the computers at $355.61 each.

The partnership is aimed at advancing South Pacific education, with two schools in Suva yet to be identified for the distribution.

The Ministry Education, National Heritage, Culture and Arts said they were yet to identify two schools in the Central Division for the distribution of XO laptops.

BSP group chief executive officer Ian Clyne said the new partnership complemented the bank's corporate social responsibility goals and would broaden the reach and impact of the BSP Children's Foundation.