6 Oct 2008

PNG to tap into district education allocations on laptop scheme

8:07 pm on 6 October 2008

Community schools in Papua New Guinea are to be introduced to the "One Laptop Per Child" programme through the government's district education allocations.

The One Laptop Per Child scheme was developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Media Laboratory and is supported by organisations such as Google Corporation.

The Deputy Prime Minister Dr Puka Temu saying formal discussions have been held with the Institute about the possibility of launching the product next month.

The project would be valued at 58 million US dollars(K150 million) although Dr Temu doesn't know how many children stand to benefit from it:

"But if we go, have a five year rolling programme, we will use our current district service improvement programme, like this year we allocated to each district ten million kina and one million is for education for each district and I envisage that we would tap into this one million kina per district."

Niue recently became the first country in the Pacific to be part of the scheme, giving laptops to to all its 500 school children.