A laptop per child starts October
By MAIKELI SERU
The Cabinet has approved the Ministry of Education’s ‘One Laptop per Child’ programme, scheduled for October.
Three schools in Suva have been identified for trials to the programme – Navesi, Draiba and Nabua Sanatan primary schools.
This will see students and teachers using net books -small compact portable computers in classes; a move away from blackboards delivery and textbooks.
The Minister for Education, Filipe Bole, said the programme would move to 30 schools in 2013.
“By the end of next year, we hope to have all primary schools in the One Laptop Per Child programme. After that we will move to secondary schools,” Mr Bole said.
“This is part of Government’s reform for education for all to keep students at school and for them to complete their education.”
To boost the programme a team from Georgia’s Education Ministry is expected to visit Fiji soon with 1000 note books.
This follows Fiji’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation Ratu Inoke Kubuabola’s visit to Tbilisi last week where he met Georgia’s Prime Minister, Vano Merabishivili.
Earlier this year, Georgia, donated 400 net books to Fiji.