Laptops for Africa


The group behind the "$100 laptop" has signed a deal which it hopes will deliver low cost computers to every primary school child in East Africa.

The partnership between One Laptop per Child (OLPC) and the East African Community (EAC) aims to deliver 30 million laptops in East Africa by 2015.

The EAC does not currently have the money to pay for the machines and so is hoping to find other partners – each laptop sells for around $200.

"At the end of the day, it all comes down to money," Matt Keller of OLPC told BBC news. "Ideally, we would live in a world where governments can equip every kid to be educated, but that's not the case."

He said the EAC was currently drafting a letter to US President Barack Obama to ask if the US could provide assistance to pay for the project. The countries were also exploring links with the aid community, he said.

Mr Keller said the country already had an order for 70,000 more and had shown the other countries in the area the benefit of technology in schools.

The organisation originally aimed to sell the low-cost laptops in lots of one million to governments in developing countries for $100 each. However, it had difficulty getting governments to commit to bulk orders.