15 Sep 2010

Child laptop roll-out in Samoa deemed a success

3:18 pm on 15 September 2010

A volunteer for the charity One Laptop Per Child says computers supplied to Samoa are having benefits beyond just the children using them.

OLPC has donated more than 5,000 laptops to countries in the region, aimed at creating educational opportunities by providing each child with a rugged, low-cost, low-power, connected computer.

Tabitha Roder recently travelled to Samoa to look at the progress of the deployment of 100 laptops on Savaii.

She says having the laptops in the community is paying off.

"The schools tended to not have a lot of physical resources such as reading books and the like. So, bringing in a laptop that has, for example, Wikipedia pages on it, provides information that can be used in any classroom and in any age group."

Tabitha Roder says while the children themselves have a huge learning curve to master the computers, in the three months they've had them, they have definitely begun to use them to support their learning.