One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created to provide every child with a quality, innovative education. OLPC creates educational opportunities for children by providing each child with a rugged, connected laptop computer loaded with content and software designed for collaborative, joyful, self-empowered learning. OLPC implements its educational program with teachers and students around the world. The program provides them with an opportunity to use technology in innovative and creative ways, to support and supplement existing curriculum, to combat social exclusion, to bridge the digital divide, and to encourage innovation and individual empowerment.
Children in Nicaragua participating in the OLPC Educational Program.
Students in Nicaragua using the OLPC Laptop as part of the OLPC Educational Program.
Students participating in the OLPC education program.
Students in Miami are excited about learning!
Students visit the OLPC Corner at the Kigali Public Library to use the OLPC laptops. The OLPC Corner provides additional opportunities for creative learning outside of the classroom.
One Laptop Per Child
OLPC provided 500 laptops to an elementary school in Liberty City. We propose to expand/support this ongoing program.
The OLPC Education Program is implemented in impoverished schools and communities in an effort to provide all children with a quality, innovative education. OLPC's goal is to provide children, their families and communities with the tools and skills they need to bridge the digital divide. Children get to take the laptops home so they can share the laptops with their families. We provide educational opportunities for parents and community members as well. The goal is to give children access to knowledge and opportunities far beyond the immediate borders of the communities. We have already seen impressive results, as school retention rates have improved and academic performance has also improved. In addition, participating children have gone on to graduate from high school and have received excellent scores on college admission exams. Given the statistical correlation between educational achievement level and income level, it is expected that continued implementation of the educational program will result in an increase in educational level and a corresponding increase in future earning capacity among participating students.
One Laptop Per Child
OLPC will implement its education program in impoverished schools in Nicaragua. In addition to laptops, OLPC provides participating schools with a comprehensive program of teacher training, technical support and evaluation services to ensure every child has an equal opportunity to succeed through education. Our goal is to transform education so every child has an opportunity to break the cycle of poverty and reach his/her potential. More than 65,000 children in Central America, with more than 50,000 in Nicaragua, currently participate in the OLPC program. We have trained more than 2,100 teachers and are currently working in more than 275 schools. Our program has resulted in improved reading, math and digital skills of participating students. Together, we are building a better future for all.
The results have been impressive. Participating students improved the 5 reading competencies measured by the international standardized exam, the Early Grade Reading Assessment. Students improved the 4 mathematical competencies measured by the Early Grade Math Assessment. Participating students developed ICT competencies promoted by UNESCO, including creativity and innovation, research skills, communication and collaboration, critical thinking, problem solving and digital citizenship. Students developed the ability to learn and use new technologies.
Your support allows OLPC to expand its work to include additional children, schools and communities.
OLPC continues to work closely with the Rwanda Education Board to implement the OLPC education program with more than 265,000 primary school students in Rwanda. The program has transformed education throughout the country as children now have innovative opportunities for learning, thanks to the OLPC Program. The OLPC program and laptops have been integrated into the national curriculum for math and science for all P4 and P5 students. The Rwanda Education Board provides teacher training and technical support directly to participating schools. The program continues to grow and expand.
For the past 11 years, OLPC has worked in partnership with OLE (Open Learning Exchange) Nepal to transform education in Nepal through the One Laptop Per Child educational program. OLE Nepal was formed to provide a quality education to impoverished communities through the integration of technology into the learning process.
OLE Nepal has brought the program to more than 145 schools in remote parts of Nepal. Over 17,000 students are learning on more than 6,000 OLPC Laptops.
With the support of the UN World Food Program, OLE Nepal provides training programs to teachers in participating schools. The trainings show teachers how to integrate curriculum-based digital learning resources into their daily lessons. More than 700 teachers have been trained and continue to have the opportunity for professional development.
The program continues to expand to include more children and communities in its educational program. Your support allows OLPC to give children, teachers, schools and communities they resources they need to provide a quality, innovative education to all students.
President, Grupo Lafise
Maria Josefina Zamora Teran
Secretary + Treasurer
This organization's financial statements were independently submitted and have not been verified by The Miami Foundation.