Challenges Behind the One Laptop Per Child Campaign

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In many social entrepreneurial campaigns, there are just as many challenges as there are opportunities. The important thing is to remain committed to overcoming those difficulties in order to create social impact and value.

I first heard about the One Laptop Per Child Campaign while watching a TED talk. Some years later, I then even helpsd present the One Laptop Per Child Campaign at the University of New South Wales, when I was heading the UN Society there.

Since then there have been some challenges faced by the One Laptop Per Child Campaign – including some changes to the laptop in light of recent needs.

One Laptop Per Child Low Cost Computing

Linux has a reputation for coming in all shapes and sizes, but a new version promises to revolutionize low-cost computing and provide a new option for charity programs like One Laptop Per Child (OLPC).

The new Linux PC, created by UK game developer David Braben, is not much bigger than a human thumb, but it packs enough power to replace a lightweight laptop. The entire computer, called the Raspberry Pi, is housed on a tiny circuit board that is little more than a USB port, an ARM processor and an HDMI connection. Despite this fact, it runs at 700 MHz and features 128 MB of memory.

The OS is a version of Linux that runs OpenGLES 2.0, which provides 1080p output for graphics, and an SD card slot is also included for storage. Considering that it costs just $25 to produce, it is potentially a brand new option for low-cost computing.

Challenges To One Laptop Per Child

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Developer David Braben created this new computer in response to the rising prices of the laptops in the One Laptop Per Child program.

Laptops in the program initially cost $100 a piece, but the price has since ballooned to $188 per laptop. This increase in cost seems to be the biggest challenge so far. Braben’s design will not only allow a child to carry the device in his/her pocket or on a key-chain, but it will be relatively cheap to purchase due to its low cost of production.

David Braben, who’s best known for founding the game development studio Frontier Developments, said that he created the device to help push the next generation of information and communications technology gadgets. He envisions the mini-computers as part of an educational program that teaches students the basics of hardware and software. The device will allow kids to learn programming and run social media.

One Laptop Per Child Donations

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Turbana Corp., which is based in Coral Gables, Florida, has taken the One Laptop Per Child campaign to heart by installing 800 laptop computers at the cooperative’s Uniban Institute library in Colombia.

Nearly 2,000 students from eight rural schools in the banana-growing region of Uraba, Colombia will have access to the laptops. This donation is part of Turbana’s philosophy of community development and social responsibility, which the company seeks to implement through charity and through its business practices.

The company believes in the One Laptop Per Child vision of education and personal growth as being the keys for the development of the region, and that the best place to start is by empowering children to take an active role in their own education and future.

One Laptop Per Child is a global non-profit organization that is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Despite some setbacks, the organization remains dedicated to providing internet access and learning tools to underprivileged children around the world.