Niue back in laptop scheme

Internet Niue congratulates the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) initiative for reaching agreement with the Government of Niue on the continuation of the scheme.

In November last year the Niue Ministry of Education announced that the island was pulling out of the scheme because the ongoing costs of maintaining the laptops and the satellite link were too great a burden. Four years ago, Niue was the first country in the world where every child of school age was provided with a laptop.

OLPC regional director Michael Hutak says Niue is now back on board.

In November, when Lisimoni Togahai the acting director of education said the scheme was to be phased out, she said the programme had gone very well, with children’s computer literacy and understanding of issues such as climate change improving. Her only concerns were budgetary.

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