Laptop Project Inspires Pupils to Develop ICT Applications

In Rwanda pupils who benefited from the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project are looking forward to develop applications.
Primary six and four pupils of Groupe Scolaire Gisozi demonstrated this resolve, on Thursday, as the national co-coordinator of OLPC project, Nkubito Bakuramutsa, toured the school to assess the project implementation. The Gasobo-based institution received about 964 XO laptops, among them 14 were for teachers and 950 for pupils, and is one of the schools where OLPC project has been implemented."Everything has its own time; concentration on other lessons comes first. My free time is dedicated to learning computer skills," said Shaddrack Niyonkuru, a Primary Six pupil.

Niyonkuru said OLPC machines have many tools that will help him acquire skills in managing laptops.
"I know how to operate e-toys and scratch programmes, and I am going to learn more. I am so happy for this programme," he said.The head teacher, Edward Nizeyimana, said equipping children with ICT skills enables them to not only get exposed to technology at an early age, but also change people's perception about ICT as foreign concept.

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