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OLPC launches its Give 1, Get 1 promotion in Australia

The Australian affiliate of the global not-for-profit organisation, One Laptop per Child (OLPC), will launch a Give 1, Get 1 promotion on November 30 to raise awareness of the OLPC initiative, the low-cost, low-power XO laptop and its benefit to children in remote and rural communities.
  • 24 November, 2008 11:57

<p>The Australian affiliate of the global not-for-profit organisation, One Laptop per Child (OLPC), will launch a Give 1, Get 1 promotion on November 30 to raise awareness of the OLPC initiative, the low-cost, low-power XO laptop and its benefit to children in remote and rural communities.</p>
<p>OLPC’s mission is to improve the opportunities of children in the developing world through education. The XO laptop is a tool developed by OLPC to help children learn and connect to each other, and, if they wish, to the world via the Internet.</p>
<p>OLPC is chaired by visionary Nicholas Negroponte and is based in Cambridge, MA, USA. To date, OLPC has distributed more than 500,000 XO laptops in 31 countries and is on its way to delivering one million laptops by the end of 2008. The Australian operation aims to work with local and federal governments in Australia and the Pacific region to bring children a brighter future, bridging the gap between communities and overcoming the digital divide.</p>
<p>Under the Give 1, Get 1 promotion the purchase of one XO laptop will also cover the provision of a second laptop for a child in remote Australia or the Pacific Islands. The promotion is aimed at consumers who want to buy a low cost but powerful laptop for a child in their life while also supporting this education initiative.</p>
<p>“At Christmas many parents will be looking at electronic devices and games for their children,” said Rangan Srikhanta, Executive Director, One Laptop per Child Australia. “The OLPC XO laptop is the perfect option because it educates and entertains children and, with the Give 1, Get 1 promotion, will give people a chance to spread the Christmas spirit to children in rural and remote areas, including Aboriginal communities, and to our neighbours in the Pacific Islands.</p>
<p>“When Australians buy an XO laptop we will donate a second one to a disadvantaged child. Some people may even want to donate both laptops to the program.”</p>
<p>The OLPC XO laptop has been designed specifically for primary school-aged children. It is small, durable and comes ready-loaded with many educational and entertaining software programs, also known as “activities”, that engage children in the process of learning.</p>
<p>The colourful, textbook-sized laptops have a transformer hinge that enables them to be configured for standard laptop use, e-book reading and gaming. The rubber-membrane keyboard and touch-pad support pointing, drawing and writing functions for an interactive learning experience. The laptop has a dual-mode, high-resolution display that allows it be used in direct sunlight. Being water, shock and dust resistant, the XO is incredibly durable and boasts a life expectancy of five years.</p>
<p>The XO laptop can be ordered online at www.laptop.org.au/participate. Participation in the Give 1, Get 1 program costs US$399, plus GST and shipping charges. Once a customer has placed their order online, one laptop will be shipped to them and a second laptop will be reserved for a child in remote Australia or the Pacific. A limited supply is available for delivery in time for Christmas.</p>
<p>www.laptop.org.au/participate</p>
<p>About One Laptop per Child Australia</p>
<p>One Laptop per Child (http://www.laptop.org) is a non-profit organisation created by Nicholas Negroponte and others from the MIT Media Lab to design, manufacture and distribute laptop computers that are sufficiently inexpensive to provide every child in the world access to knowledge and modern forms of education. XO laptops are rugged, based on open source technology, and so energy efficient that they can be powered with solar energy. They can be used easily in indoor and outdoor settings and use mesh networking technology to enable the computers to connect to each other and the Internet.</p>
<p>One Laptop per Child Australia's mission for Oceania is simple: To create educational opportunities for the region's poorest children by providing each child with a rugged, low-cost, low-power, connected laptop with content and software designed for collaborative, joyful and self-empowered learning. When children have access to this type of tool they get engaged in their own education. They learn, share, create and collaborate. They become connected to each other, to the world and to a brighter future. The XO laptops are on trial in Australia and have already been deployed in Niue, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Nauru, Kiribati, Vanuatu, New Caledonia and Tuvalu. Visit</p>
<p>http://wiki.laptop.org/go/OLPC_Oceania.</p>

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