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Sometimes you need to learn how to run before walking

by on Aug.09, 2010, under Educação

One of the most usual critics for laptops initiatives in countries like Rwanda is how to start a project like this when the country has no experience with other “ICT in Education” initiatives! By “ICT in Education” (expression I personally think is completely misguided) the criticizers usually mean computer labs programs.

“How Rwanda wants to learn how to run before knowing how to walk?” is a common recurrent question I need to face in the discussions around the project. For some people this looks like a sounding argument, and in a certain perspective, they are right.

Managing a nation wide laptop initiative is several orders of magnitude more complex than running a computer labs program. When you start a laptop initiative like the one OLPC proposes, in a very short period of time you have thousands of students accessing their laptops what creates an urgent demand for a very sophisticated maintenance program, very intense teachers capacity building program and lots of resources invested in wiring all classrooms of beneficiary schools.

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