Nepal estimates its overall OLPC costs

Rabi Karmacharya runs OLE Nepal, the local team in charge of implementing the current project in Nepal (with 2100 children and teachers at 26 schools).  Today he posted an estimate of the total cost of their XO project — $77 per child per year. This includes network connectivity, school infrastruture, teacher training, repair, content creation, and administrative overhead for the project.

Rabi notes that many of these (connectivity, training, overhead) are fixed costs that go down with scale, and content creation is largely a one-time cost that they benefits all schools.  And this project is still a pilot — less than 0.1% of the country’s primary school-age children.  Other interesting details: their annual repair cost for the first year was just 2.5% – children and families are extremely careful with their laptops; something we have also observed in other Asian countries.

It’s tremendously useful to see this level of detail in shared data and experiences; thanks to the team for publishing it!  They also publish an amazing country coverage map showing every school taking part in the project, with data about each one.

I hope to also see more of this school-level sharing of data and experiences, from environment and power considerations, to usage rates and general feedback, to published creative work of the students!

2 thoughts on “Nepal estimates its overall OLPC costs

  1. Subject: Application for some Refurbished Computers with software and accessories for Training of the
    Disabled people and poorest people in the Institute for the Handicapped and Backward People

    Dear Sir/Madam,
    I am to write a few lines on behalf of our “Institute for the Disabled & Backward People” regarding the funding of the Computer education and training project, You will be pleased to known that we are to established on 2001 with aims of the organisation is to bring about positive changes in the lives of all people with disabilities, children, women, aged, minorities and vulnerable indigenous through a range of well thought services to enhance their sustainable skills and knowledge and give them opportunities to exercise their constitutional rights and their full participation and increase mainstreaming participation in the Inclusive Rehabilitation of the multi type’s disabilities in both urban and rural areas.

    This is a non-governmental, non-profitable & registered under the India five Acts. i.e. (1) Registered under West Bengal Society Registration Act.1861 (2) Recognition under the Persons with Disabilities Act-1995. (3) Registration under Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act.1976 i.e. No. 147120819 (4) Affiliated under the National Trust for welfare of the disabilities. (5) Registered under 12-A & 80G income tax exemption Act-1961. And its board and executive perform functions in line with consisting of 7 members serves the institution under the direction and governance by the President, Secretary, Director and others members.

    In this regard we are taken an initiative for “Computer Education and Training Project” that brief are follows:

    Objectives:
    The general objective of the project is to provide free computer education to low income disabled and poorest students of Kolkata and surround District. More specifically the selected students will be received a free Computer Training of Basic to upon program graduation in computer education under the guidance of experienced Computer Trainers.

    Target Group:
    The direct beneficiaries of the project include low-income disabled and poorest students both girls and boys from Kolkata and Surround District aged between 6-17 years junior badge 17-35 senior badge . The low-income students will be selected by criteria of qualification and merit basis in district of Kolkata city and surround district. A selection mechanism will be implemented to select low-income students from schools with the co-ordination of the principals of schools.

    Affronted Problems:
    Computer Literacy in India still remains in a very minimum level at present. Also still only 18% or above of the country population has access to the internet. Therefore there is a greater need in India to make opportunities for the disabled peoples/students to receive computer education. However most of the disabled students are not in a position to gain the computer knowledge due to the cost involved in buying computers etc.
    Also except for few major schools, most of the schools do not have computer labs in their schools. However a basic computer literacy is compulsory qualification when a person looks for job.

    Expected Results:
    The Project wishes to raise computer knowledge among the low-income disabled poorest socially excluded students in kolkata and surrounded Districts would be accesses Computer Training and disabled and others students will be highly benefited for future.

    More Concretely:
     A fully equipped computer Training Centre will be established which could accommodate thirty disabled students once.
     An Internet café will be opened for disabled children for a very cheap prize in order to motivate the disabled people to access the Internet and guarantee a minimum maintenance income for the center.
     Disabled Students who excel in the course will be given opportunity to teach with an allowance paid.
     Every disabled student will be given a certificate after completion of the course approved by the West Bengal State Council of Vocational Education & Training.

    This proposal is intended to meet the need for short, free of cost and easily accessible vocational training courses. The aim is to establish computerized vocational training programmes that can benefit 200 disabled and poorest students per year,
    In this regard, your honor we would request you to kindly look in to the aforesaid matter to sponsors this project and funding support to contribute in this Institution as per your nation at your earliest possible. At your financial sponsorship and help the said needy disabled-children, girls also women will be highly benefited and they will fulfill their mission or dreams.

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