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heared in News, Nepal gov have decided to distribute one laptop per child in school @ 100 dollor.could anybody let me know what the matter is ? guy n gal , what specification does it have in $100? thx in advance.

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The statements look promising but it is equally challenging to a country like Nepal where children do not have access to pencil and notebooks. Providing the children with high quality learning environments and equipments is indeed a big challenge to our government who is fighting load shedding, constituent assembly elections and other political issues, the idea of providing one laptop per child might be the last thing on the governments list.

 

heared in News, Nepal gov have decided to distribute one laptop per child in school @ 100 dollor.

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((This is what I found in yahoo news.))

 

Kathmandu, July 2 (IANS) A magic more enchanting than any of the Harry Potter tales will sweep through Nepal soon, thanks to a pair of students who are working to take $100 laptops to children in the country's remotest and most underdeveloped villages, where there is no electricity or even books.

 

The 'magic pencil' that will write such plots is the XO-Laptop designed and developed by Nicholas Negroponte, co-founder and director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology media laboratory.

 

 

Made especially for children aged between six and 16, the laptop is designed for rural areas of developing countries where electricity is elusive. They run on solar power, rechargeable batteries and even 'human power', provided by cranking.

 

 

What makes the XO-Laptop tailor-made for Nepal, one of the poorest countries in the world, is its price.

 

 

Negroponte's One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) organisation is making the laptops available at $100.

 

 

When the news of his venture reached Nepal through the media, it set a pair of Nepali students thinking feverishly.

 

 

Shankar Pokharel and his friend Ankur Sharma, both fourth year students at Nepal Engineering College, were smitten by the vision and wrote to Negroponte, telling him Nepali children needed such computers.

 

 

When the American agreed, the pair last year registered the Nepal chapter of the OLPC to bring the $100 laptops to Nepal.

 

 

'We are giving priority to remote areas, like Jumla, Humla, Mustang and Manang,' Pokharel told IANS. 'Right now, we are working on the Nepali content.'

 

 

Pokharel, now president of OLPC-Nepal, estimates the laptops will start arriving from next year. The organisation is working with the education and sports ministry and the major donors funding educational projects in Nepal will be approached for raising the money for the new tools.

 

 

Dubbed 'Mero sanu sathi' - my little friend - the Nepali laptops will have a keyboard with both Nepali and English characters.

 

 

They are expected to take the place of books and class lessons in villages where neither is available.

 

 

Besides reading e-books, children can chat to share information, have meetings through video-conferencing, make music and play games online, skills that will sharpen reading and writing abilities.

 

 

Besides Nepal, only Pakistan from South Asia has shown an interest in acquiring the $100 laptops.

 

 

Neither India, the dominant partner in SAARC, nor any other members from the bloc has evinced interest in the project so far.

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THE QUESTION IS WHO WILL FUND THE LAPTOPS?

 

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OLPC project in Nepal.

100$ Laptop Specs

CPU: AMD Geode GX-500@1.0W

SIZE: 193mm x 229mm x 64mm (as of 3/27/06—subject to change)

WEIGHT: Less than 1.5 KG (target only—subject to change)

CONFIGURATION: Convertible laptop with pivoting, reversible display; dirt- and moisture-resistant system enclosure

DRAM MEMORY: 128 MiB dynamic RAM

LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY: 7.5" Dual-mode TFT display

RESOLUTION: 1200 (H) x 900 (V) resolution (200 dpi)

WIRELESS: Marvell Libertas 88W8388+88W8015, 802.11b/g compatible; dual adjustable, rotating coaxial antennas; supports diversity Reception

BATTERY PACK TYPE: 5 Cells, 6V series configuration

 

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If the price of the $100 laptop becomes $200

Rising material costs are contributing to the growing cost, but spokesman says project is committed to keeping the price from rising above $190.View full article

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Yadav ji,

 

Nepal World Developement is conflicted by three factors

1> Bureaucracy

2> Academic Debates

3> NGO Culture (MOSTs but not all)

 

The 3rd one is dangerous and i believe OLPC Nepal is victim of third one.

regards

Sukul

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There are more than 10 lacs School children in Nepal

Who is da*n generous to donate such amount ? I personally requested them .. i would arrange $500 for 5 such pieces for a school.. but they denied...

It is just an NGO Culture .. and dangerous too.

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There are more than 10 lacs School children in Nepal

Who is da*n generous to donate such amount ? Nrs 7,00,00,00,000 I personally requested them .. i would arrange $500 for 5 such pieces for a school.. but they denied...

It is just an NGO Culture .. and dangerous too.

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OLPC announces 'Give 1, Get 1' scheme.

"You give a laptop to a child in the developing world and get a laptop for yourself, or to give to a child or school, for $399, where $200 [of that total] is a tax-deductible donation,"

View full article :http://www.tectonic.co.za/view.php?src=rss&id=1747

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