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Laptops for Children Program

Posted By: Don Greife

Laptops for Children Program - 01/30/08 10:21 PM

The SP Daily said the PUP was going to start a program which would place a new laptop in the hands of school children. I wonder if this program is the same one that some guy in the US has started for kids throught the world. He makes them available to various governmemts for about $100 each for distribution to schools.
Posted By: SimonB

Re: Laptops for Children Program - 01/31/08 02:40 AM

One and the same.
Posted By: dabunk

Re: Laptops for Children Program - 01/31/08 01:57 PM

Not the same program. Channel 7 news showed the laptops, they are the eeePC laptops. They are a nice little laptop different from the others. But the eeePC retails for 400 US each. Google eeePC and look at one.
Posted By: SimonB

Re: Laptops for Children Program - 01/31/08 03:21 PM

I stand corrected, it looked from the pictures that they were the same units.
Posted By: dabunk

Re: Laptops for Children Program - 01/31/08 03:51 PM

But they are much better laptops if they re going to buy them. eeePC comes with Linux instaled but windows can be installed. The One PC per child program only allowed Linux to be loaded. It also looks from what I have been reading that the one pc per child program is dying, laptops never reach the kids or as soon as they are given are taken away and sold. Sad stories.
Posted By: Amanda Syme

Re: Laptops for Children Program - 01/31/08 07:20 PM

These days kids need to have computer skills, no matter what they do for a living. You need to type up resumes, do research on the internet etc. etc. I hope this project takes off.

If only we could figure out how to have btl offer AFFORDABLE internet. I have a few kids that I keep supplied in 2nd hand computers, ipods etc, but I just can't afford to pay for them to have internet access - other than paying for a few hours for homework each week at one of the internet cafes.

Maybe when all of the primary school kids have internet we can setup some wireless hotspots and share the btl cost.

Posted By: Sir Isaac Newton

Re: Laptops for Children Program - 01/31/08 07:31 PM

What a great start!

Sacred Heart in Cayo has wireless, free I guess, my daughter uses it A LOT! (so do I when in town)
Posted By: denverdan

Re: Laptops for Children Program - 01/31/08 07:32 PM

If the High School can get the second computer lab up and running would there be a way for all the kids on island to go there for an after school type program?
Posted By: dabunk

Re: Laptops for Children Program - 01/31/08 07:37 PM

What happened to the promise during the last election to have internet in every school in Belize? Now it is free laptops?
Posted By: Sir Isaac Newton

Re: Laptops for Children Program - 01/31/08 07:38 PM

um....promise is comfort to a fool.
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