This past Monday, teachers and Heads of Schools from 150 Rwandan schools began training with the XO Laptop, the laptop developed by One Laptop Per Child (OLPC). The week-long program will be spent familiarizing teachers and administrators with the XO laptop, instructing teachers on ICT issues such as electrification of classrooms and creating parental awareness, and implementing the OLPC goals successfully. Teachers are being trained by OLPC officials and others from the Kigali Institute of Science and Technology.
Dr. Mathias Harebamungu, the State Minister in charge of Primary and Secondary Education, credited President Paul Kagame for instating the initiative that strives to bring one laptop to each child. The 300 faculty present are representative of the 30 school districts in Rwanda. Five primary schools in each district will receive laptops. If a school does not have easy access to electricity, solar energy efforts will be extended to that institution. Each school will receive 400 laptops once teachers have been trained in their use for enhancing education.
(Sources: The New Times and The OLPC Global Center for Laptops and Learning)