The eKindling project, a classroom XO project on the island of Lubang in the Philippines, is making good progress. They are supported by roughly 100 donors and organizers from across the Philippines. After a consultation visit this past winter, they recently purchased XOs for their school. They wrote up a project checklist, a 5-day teacher workshop schedule, and formed contacts with OLPC Friends, OLPC New Zealand, and Squeakland.Read the rest of this entry
Indonesian Netbook company PT Elevo Technologies (ETI) recently introduced their newest laptop, the Netbook Elevo R7. At 998,000 Rupiahs (roughly $110 US dollars), it is the first laptop on the Indonesian market to go under the 1 million Rupiah mark... a success for Indonesia's low-cost laptop industry. Let's see how it does when it comes out in August.
In Cambodia, where last year nearly 250 people - one-third of them children - were killed or injured by mines and unexploded bombs, educating the next generation on how to avoid the detritus of war is vital.
Thailand's Puea Thai Party, led by Yingluck Shinawatra (sister of Thaksin Shinawatra, who initiated an OLPC project in 2006 just before his ouster), has promised a tablet computer for every child. This plan would provide laptops to new students at the rate of 800,000 children a year, all running open-source software.