OLPC sends more laptops to Afghanistan

The One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) foundation said it has delivered another 744 XO laptops to the Zarghona Ana middle school in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

Altogether, said the OLPC, that means it’s delivered over 3,700 XOs in Afghanistan and over 1.4 million units worldwide.

The deal was brokered with the Afghanistan Ministry of Education, USAID, the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, telecoms provider Roshan and Paiwastoon, a local IT company.

The XO is already available in both Dari and Pashto versions and give access to a digital library with thousands of pages of content.

Nicholas Negreponte, founder of OLPC said that the laptops will allow the next generation of Afghan citizens to connect to the world, to “think critically and challenge indoctrinations of intolerance”.

Children lucky enough to have a laptop will be able to take them home and learn in the safety of their own homes.

*EyeSee Mike Magee has been to Kandahar. At the time the airport was full of MiG jets, it had a king, and the first thing he saw was a man dressed in traditional costume with two Afghan hounds.