One laptop per child for all in Niue
The region’s leaders claim giving children free laptops “has the potential to revolutionize education in ways that are difficult to imagine.”
Although all inhabitants of the island have free Internet access since 2003, one still has to have a laptop to be able to connect. The specially designed waterproof and breakproof, simple two hundred dollar laptops are meant to do just that...give children a gateway to "the rest" of the world.
The one laptop per child initiative is backed financially by Google and News Corporation, while Microsoft and Intel ignored it. The initiative involves distributing laptops to children in the Pacific region, Mongolia, Haiti, Peru, Borneo, Senegal and many other countries.
The OLPC gives the West the opportunity to give something back to those areas less well developed and ensure that the children of today have a better life tomorrow.
"Niue now becomes the first country in the world to have 100 percent saturation of laptop per child," said Jimmie Rodgers, the director general of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community.
And, it is not the first time that Niueans are setting records. Just recently, they made headlines by becoming the world’s first nation to go 100% smoke-free (previous coverage).
With free Internet, no smokers and drop-dead stunning nature, I am surprised that Niue has zero immigration rate. Might as well consider moving down there at some point.