One laptop per family project to start distribution by Oct, says minister

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Guyana's "one laptop per family project" (OLPF) is on schedule and distribution will start by October this year, labor minister Manzoor Nadir told local media.

The announcement was made during a press briefing to address several issues, including re-tendering of bids for the project.

"We have started looking at identifying the learning hubs. And so far we have visited over 206 hubs in all three counties of Guyana, because we are not only giving people this hardware, but are equipping them with the knowledge to use the hardware," Nadir said. "We will also be looking at inputting serial numbers of individual equipment into the database and how we can trace the computers."

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According to Nadir, 90,000 families will benefit from the project, and so far 44,000 applications have been received. A total of 14,000 have been entered into the project's database.

Successful applicants will have to commit to a number of hours of community work.

During phase 1, the government will deliver 50,000 laptops to priority groups across the country.