OLPC head visits Rwanda

The Head of One Laptop Per Child has met President Paul Kagame after the Transform Africa summit.

The OLPC programme takes specially-designed laptops and learning material to children around the world. The Rwandan OLPC programme, run in partnership with the Government of Rwanda, is the 3rd largest deployment in the world after Peru and Uruguay. The programme was launched in Rwanda in 2007 and has rolled out 207,026 laptops in 407 schools across Rwanda to date. Children learning on OLPC’s XO Laptop are also now depicted on the new 500 Rwanda Francs banknote.

President Kagame received Rodrigo Arboleda, Chairman and CEO of OLPC, after the Transform Africa Summit this week.

Arboleda said: “The Transform Africa Summit has been a milestone in demonstrating results of what his vision has been for transforming Africa. Our goal is to contribute to Rwanda’s vision of being the transformational hub of Africa and participating in digital age of economy. One laptop per child demonstrates that the most important resource that Africa has is the brain of their children.”

OLPC has also helped to open a Global Centre for Excellence in Laptops and Learning at the Kigali Institute for Science, Technology and Management.

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