The One Laptop per Child (OLPC) program which started in Peru 5 years back seems to be facing its worst nightmare. More than 800,000 children from various schools across the country were distributed low cost laptops through a program dedicated to fighting poverty through technology.
However, five years down the line the OLPC initiative has raised controversies and questions in regard with the Peruvian government. In excess of $ 195 million was spent by the government of Peru to give shape to the ambitious plan.
Was spending such a huge amount worth it is the question everybody in Peru is asking. What’s irked many is the fact that teachers in rural Peru were not given training on how to use laptops. Analysts in Peru point out the fact that the entire program was a waste as most of the teachers in Rural Peru were not trained to use laptops, thereby rendering the laptops with schoolchildren as useless.
Since 2007 OLPC program inspired by Nicholas Negroponte, founder of MIT Media Lab has distributed more than 2.5 million laptops costing $200 in more than 46 countries.