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OLPC Mission Video Part 2

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The real question is, Why? Why give a laptop to a child who may have no electricity or even running water? That's a very good question, but if you substitute the word laptop with, education, the answer becomes clear. You don't stop education until all other challenges are solved. You do them at the same time, because education is the foundation of the other solutions. That's why we designed the XO to work in the places that need it the most. Rugged because these are kids after all and kids tend to be, well, kids. Low cost so we can make a lot of them for very little. Low power, so even in places with no electricity it can be charged with alternate sources like solar power. Connected, so kids can access the Internet, share files with each other, and collaborate on projects. The XO also has a screen you can read in direct sunlight, because many of the children we reach go to school outdoors. The XO comes with a built in webcam for pictures and video clips, and a ton of education focused software. All these features and many, many more, add up to one incredible result. When the XO comes to a classroom or village, kids get engaged. Inspired. They go to school more often and stay there longer. They draw pictures, play music, make movies, write stories. They figure out how to do new things, and begin to teach each other, and even their parents. With the XO, kids learn to solve their own challenges, and one day, they might even help us solve ours. That's how we'll change the world, and that's the best answer to why give a laptop. So, give a laptop, change the world.

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Duration: 1 minute and 39 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
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Views: 173
Posted by: olpc on Jan 12, 2009

Why give a laptop?

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