Katha is an organization that connects grassroots work in education in India, and it has driven its education model on a single powerful idea: Children can bring change that is sustainable and real, which is in strong alignment with the goal of OLPC.
Katha runs 71 schools in slum communities with more than 200,000 children. XO laptops were deployed at Katha Khazana, one of the school setup by Katha in a slum community at New Delhi.
The school is marked by its distinctive atmosphere creating a rich learning experience for students ranging from pre-nursery grade to 12th grade, which was further enriched when OLPC India distributed XOs to the school children on 21st January.
The OLPC Team was present there, introducing them to OLPC's XO. The students were quite surprised to see that these green boxes were really laptops! Some of them were considering it to be sort of game/toy or even a lunch box!
Students, pumped with new ideas, as the team says, were so fascinated with the experience that when the teachers began collecting back the laptops, they kept on pinging the team about when will they get them again. As there are only 30 XOs compared to large number of students, they have scheduled a turn-wise time for each group.
More info one the OLPC Katha Chronicle wiki page
Abhishek Indoria is the lead for the BoomingBang project an writes about OLPC India.