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Rodrigo Arboleda

It's not a laptop project. It's an education project.

Rodrigo Arboleda
Chairman and Ceo, One Laptop Per Child

Lecture: 100 Nedderman Hall; Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012, 6:00 pm
Reception: 601 Nedderman Hall (Rady Room); Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012, 5:00 pm

The individual and societal consequences of inadequate education are profound. Children are consigned to poverty and isolation-just like their parents-never knowing what the light of learning could mean in their lives. At the same time, their governments struggle to compete in a rapidly evolving, global information economy hobbled by a vast and increasingly urban underclass that cannot support itself, much less contribute to the commonwealth, because it lacks the tools to do so.

It is time to rethink this equation.

The mission of One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) is to empower children to learn by providing one connected laptop to every school-age child to make education for the world's children a priority, not a privilege. OLPC is not, at heart, a technology program, nor is an XO a product in any conventional sense of the word. OLPC is a non-profit organization providing a means to an end-an end that sees children in even the most remote regions of the globe being given the opportunity to tap into their own potential, to be exposed to a whole world of ideas, and to contribute to a more productive and saner world community.

 

 

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