OLPC Says Death of its One Laptop Per Child Project are Exaggerated
Published on: 12th Mar 2014
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By: Ian Mansfield
The One Laptop per Child project has refuted reports that it is closing down although the original aims of the group have somewhat changed.
Originally set up with the intention of providing a laptop computer costing less than US$100 to every child in developing countries, the project struggled from its onset with reaching its headline price, and users struggled with lack of support and training.
A respected website following the OLPC project recent reported that they had to conclude that the project was dead, but the organisation itself has issued a statement differing with that conclusion.
The OLPC said that its mission to empower the world's children through education is far from over.
The OLPC recently formed an alliance with the Zamora Teran family through many of their enterprises and their philanthropic foundation to deliver XO laptops not only to Central and South America, but also to Africa.
Aside from distributing more laptops in several schools in Costa Rica, Uruguay is receiving its first 50k units of the XO-4 Touch (running Android) in a few weeks' time.
The OLPC has also now outsourced many of the software and development units because they said that the organization is becoming more hardware and OS agnostic.
However, what probably did more to damage the prospects of a laptop for every child was the sheer lack of need for such a cumbersome device in an era of ever cheaper smartphones, tablets and even feature phones with fairly decent web browsers.
Even the OLPC has adopted Android OS as the core for its latest laptops, which has to be a tacit acceptance that the future is in portable devices that children can keep on them at all times.