Back last year, One Laptop Per Child donated 10,000 XO laptops from G1G1 to Rwanda in an attempt to kick start OLPC Rwanda. OLPC also promised to donate another 10,000 XO laptops in 2009. The plan worked! It got President Paul Kagame excited about the concept to the tune of 100,000 XO laptops.
As reported by others, Juliano Bittencourt of OLPC Rwanda says they'll supply all 120,000 laptops by the end of the year - 20,000 donated by OLPC, 100,000 bought by the Ministry of Education (MINEDUC).
Unlike the OLPC India "order", this one I've confirmed. My contacts in Rwanda say that MINEDUC has released the purchase order and 20% advance payment to get the XO shipments going.
What I still wonder about is the rest of the financials for this project. An order of 100,000 XO laptops means a minimum cost of $20,000,000, or 18% of Rwanda's $109 million education budget for 2008.
If, as OLPC News calculates, the 5 year Total Cost of Ownership for an XO laptop is $1000, then the total cost for Rwanda will be $100 million, or 25% of the total educational budget over the next 5 years. Not a small sum for a country that relies on international aid for 70% of the government's budget.