Charity organisation One Laptop Per Child has been distributing thousands of laptops to children in developing countries across the world. Last week, the UN agency for refugees began distributing 2,100 laptops in the south of the Gaza Strip. They plan to distribute 500,000 laptops to children in Gaza by 2012.

The foundation aims to create educational opportunities for the world’s poorest children by providing each child with a rugged, low-cost, low-power, connected laptop with content and software designed for collaborative and self-empowered learning. Having this kind of opportunity gives under-privileged children the chance to engage actively in the learning process.

The foundation provides children with the ‘XO Laptop’, an extremely durable, energy-efficient machine which is about the size of a small textbook. It has built-in wireless and a special screen that is readable under direct sunlight for children who go to school outdoors.

The scheme has been reaching out around the world in developing countries for years now and has grown every year since inception. It’s great to see an educational programme doing so well and reaching so many people with one idea.