27 Nov 2008

PNG adopts One Laptop Per Child initiative

3:18 pm on 27 November 2008

Papua New Guinea is embracing the One Laptop Per Child project as a key part of its long-term plan to boost basic education and economic development.

The acting Prime Minister, Dr. Puka Temu, has told the African Caribbean and Pacific summit with the European Union in Port Moresby that his government will begin rolling out laptops to more than one million school age children from next year.

This follows a series of successful trials in schools and teacher training institutions throughout this year.

Dr Temu has told the gathering that his government believes the scheme will bring enormous benefits to the country's students, schools and teachers.

He says the short-term goal is have the laptops in use by 10,000 children next year and up to quarter of a million children by 2015.

The scheme's regional director, Michael Hutak, has welcomed the statement as a bold commitment.