The small country of Niue became the first nation to provide OLPC (One Laptop Per Child) laptops to all of its public school students. Niue's 200 secondary school students received their PCs last month, according to a report by Radio New Zealand International. The 300 primary school children in Niue got their laptops today, in conjunction with the Pacific Islands Forum, a summit being held there which focuses on climate change. Dr. Barry Vercoe, an MIT professor, told Radio New Zealand that students can use PCs to explore this issue.
“Children can become involved in observing the effects of climate change for themselves. And that, of course, is one of the fastest ways -- or best ways -- of enabling these children to learn about the realities of the situation,” according to Vercoe.
The donation of 500 computers to Niue is part of a larger move to distribute 5,000 OLPC laptops throughout the Pacific region, according to a report by Agence France Presse). The OLPC spokesperson noted that, elsewhere in the Pacific, OLPC volunteers have already donated laptops to students in New Guinea.