One Laptop Per Child seems to be having problems deploying laptops in the schools of Rwanda. From the New Times we learn that OLPC Rwanda is well off its target of deploying the 120,000 XO laptop ordered by the government:
According to the information from OLPC programme in the Ministry of Education, presently, only 8,000 laptops have been distributed to less than fifteen primary schools in the country, and these are both public and private schools.
"It looks like the programme is not having enough financing that can lead to its realisation like the EDPRS had projected," said Richard Niyonkuru, the OLPC coordinator in the Ministry of Education. He said, they have been able to distribute the laptops in nine public and six private schools in Kigali city where parents have been able to buy the laptops for their children.
But at least OLPC Rwanda is getting laptops out to the children. After the recent elections in Ghana, and the resulting change in government, the XO laptops destined for Ghanaian children became pawns in a intro-government smear campaign.
The result my sources tell me, is that XO laptops are collecting dust on the porch of a Ministry of Education building. Not the place you think best to empower learning through ICT.