School children demonstrate their computer prowess to president Kagame using their XO laptops at the just concluded TransformAfrica2013 summit
Chairman and CEO of One Laptop per Child (OLCP) Program, Rodrigo Arboleda met with President Paul Kagame to discuss the program’s development on Thursday.
After discussing with Kagame, Arboleda shared his impression of the recently concluded Transform Africa Summit attended by over 1,500 participants and seven African Heads of State.
“I came here to pay my respect for the success of Transform Africa Summit, it has been a milestone in demonstrating results of what his vision has been for transforming Africa,” Arboleda said.
“Our goal is to contribute to Rwanda’s vision of being the transformational hub of Africa and participating in digital age of economy,” he said.
He added that the OLPC program contributes to ensuring every child is able to exploit their potential.
“One laptop per child demonstrates that the most important resource that Africa has is the brain of its children.”
In partnership with the Government of Rwanda, the One Laptop per Child program which began in 2007 has now reached 207,026 laptops in 407 schools across Rwanda.
OLPC has also helped to open a Global Center for Excellence in Laptops and Learning at the Kigali Institute for Science, Technology and Management.
OLPC-Rwanda aims to work on providing support to the government towards the building of educational conditions for teachers, children, schools in general and communities through the use of the XO laptop.
The Rwandan OLPC program is the third largest deployment in the world after Peru and Uruguay.
One Laptop per Child chief meets Kagame