29 Jul 2008

Niue to be first country with every student and teacher owning a laptop

3:34 pm on 29 July 2008

Niue is to the be the first country where every school student and teacher will have a laptop.

About 500 laptops are being donated as part of the Oceania One Laptop Per Child initiative, aimed at providing children in developing countries with effective and affordable educational devices.

Ian Thomson from the Secretariat of the Pacific Community is the project coordinator, overseeing the delivery of the laptops.

He says each laptop has wireless internet capability which will provide access to the resources from around the world.

"The second thing that should be important is, the teachers are able to develop their professional capacity to use the tool as well. So in a lot of island countries it's very difficult to train the teachers because they're a long way away, it's very costly, the ministry doesn't have any money to do that. So we're able to get this technology to the teachers where they can improve their professional teaching capabilities as well."

Ian Thomson says every primary and secondary student and teacher in Niue will be given the device, which is designed especially for students.