U.S. Group Reaches Deal to Provide Laptops to All Libyan Schoolchildren
October 11, 2006- 

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 10 — The government of Libya reached an  
agreement on Tuesday with One Laptop Per Child, a nonprofit United  
States group developing an inexpensive, educational laptop computer,  
with the goal of supplying machines to all 1.2 million Libyan  
schoolchildren by June 2008.

The idea of a laptop for every schoolchild grew out of Mr.  
Negroponte’s experience in giving children Internet-connected  
laptops in rural Cambodia. He said the first English word out of the  
mouths of the Cambodian students was “Google.”


For its $250 million investment, Libya will receive 1.2 million  
computers, one server per school, a team of technical advisers to  
help set up the system, satellite internet service and other  

The first test models will be distributed to the five participating  
countries companies at the end of this November, according to Mr.  
Negroponte, and mass production is planned for June or July of 2007.

The computers come with a wireless connection, a built-in video  
camera, an eight-hour battery and a hand crank for recharging  
batteries. They will initially be priced below $150, and the price is  
expected to decline when they are manufactured in large numbers.

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