10 Jun 2009

Marshalls join one laptop per child scheme

3:21 pm on 10 June 2009

The Marshall Islands is the latest country to join an education improvement plan using state of the art laptops in schools.

The laptops are water resistant, have no fans to suck in salt air, use wireless technology and have screens that are designed to be read outdoors.

The 'one laptop per child' programme is being rolled out across the region with the project co-ordinator from the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, Ian Thompson, saying the $2.5 million US dollar project is not just about handing out computer hardware.

"This technology is really just a tool to help change the education system, so that we can develop the skills that kids need for jobs today, rather than skills that they needed for jobs that existed twenty years ago."

Mr Thompson says addressing poor academic performance is vital.