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GUEST,282RA BS: OLPC: One Laptop Per Child (26) RE: BS: OLPC: One Laptop Per Child 02 Dec 07

The program is necessary. The computer is the main form of communication these days--especially internationally. Having their children literate in how to use and communicate using a computer is one of the best things a developing nation can do for itself because no nation today can call itself developed that isn't computer-literate. It's only one step in that direction but it's big one and a necessary one.

It's pointless to argue that such and such a people don't have enough desks or chairs or uniforms. You're talking about people so isolated that many people don't know their plights. Such people need computers more than anyone because it provides a vital link to the outside which is where they have to turn for things anyway since they obviously do not have the internal means to solve their shortages.

The beauty of laptops is that they don't require tables and chairs and desks and uniforms. They don't even require electricity. That is exactly what makes them a godsend to these children. To refuse it to them on the grounds that there's too many shortages is nothing other than utterly bizarre, backwards thinking. The laptops don't replace schools but they go a long way towards helping kids who otherwise would have no schooling at all.

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