INTEL-POWERED CLASSMATE PC

An effort to take computer literacy to the grass root level

AMANULLAH BASHAR
July 23 - 29, 2007

Intel and One Laptop per Child (OLPC) announced they have agreed to work together to bring the benefits of technology to the developing world through synergy of their respective programs. Under the agreement, Intel and OLPC will explore collaborations involving technology and educational content. Intel will also join the board of OLPC.

Intel Pakistan organized a demo of its Intel-powered classmate PC with a view to outline its efforts in collaboration with the government to initiative computer literacy at the grass root level in Pakistan. Their efforts were appreciable no doubt when they declared the project begins with the government run schools.

The Demo was focused on transformation of education into a more tech-savvy experience. In this program Intel extending its support to aid governments of development countries to pilot this effective approach for bringing technology into the classroom in ways that are sustainable and affordable-with the objective that citizens have the 21st century skills necessary to competitive in a knowledge based economy. The Intel-powered classmate PC is one such step for providing an affordable solution to access to this cutting edge technology.

OLPC is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to bring learning opportunities to the most remote and poorest children of the world by providing connected, low-cost and rugged laptops to each and every child in their daily lives.

"Intel joins the OLPC board as a world leader in technology, helping reach the world's children. Collaboration with Intel means that the maximum number of laptops will reach children," said Nicholas Negroponte, founder of One Laptop per Child.

"Joining OLPC is a further example of our commitment to education over the last 20 years and our belief in the role of technology in bringing the opportunities of the 21st century to children around the world," said Paul Otellini, CEO of Intel.

Intel currently invests more than $100 million per year in over 50 countries to promote education, including efforts through the Intel Foundation, and has been developing products for the educational marketplace. Intel's focus on education for emerging markets is part of the Intel World Ahead program, the company's comprehensive approach to bring technology to everyone, anywhere in the world.

OLPC is based on constructionist theories of learning pioneered by Seymour Papert and later Alan Kay, as well as the principles expressed in Nicholas Negroponte's Being Digital. The corporate members are AMD, Brightstar, Chi Lin, eBay, Google, Intel, Marvell, News Corporation, Nortel Networks, Quanta Computer, Red Hat and SES Astra. More information is available at www.laptop.org.