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Government of Rwanda promises Laptops for primary school pupils PDF Print E-mail

9th January 2007

The government of Rwanda has committed itself to provide a laptop to

every Rwandan primary school pupil within five years, the education

minister has said.

Dr Jeanne d'Arc Mujawamariya said President Paul Kagame made the

commitment during the latter's meeting with the Chairperson of 'One

Laptop per Child' (OPLC) initiative, Prof Nicholas Negroponte on

Tuesday, January 2, at Village Urugwiro.

 

Mujawamariya was yesterday addressing journalists during a joint press

conference with Negroponte at Village Urugwiro at the end of the

latter's visit to Rwanda. "This is part of the government's objective

of steering the country into a knowledge-based economy by the year 2020," said the minister. She

 added that OLPC will provide the initial laptops and technical support to test the initiative.

 

The minister underscored that the initiative would strengthen the

quality of the already existing free and compulsory primary education,

by adopting sophisticated tools for learning. Negroponte said that

Rwanda was the latest country that has shown willingness to accommodate

OPLC programmes.

 

"There is almost no country in the world that has not asked to

participate. Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay will collaborate with

Rwanda.

It's very important because a country like Brazil has a long history

with 'One Laptop per Child' he said. He said OPLC will soon unroll its

services in Rwanda to boost the country's education and technology

programmes. In Rwanda, the project will be jointly pursued by the

ministries of infrastructure, education, and that of Science,

Technology and Research in the President's Office

 

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