OLPC Rwanda lead Nkubito Bakuramutsa was interviewed recently by Matthew Stein of The Independent, about Rwanda’s plan for wiring and revolutionizing its school system, and how OLPC fits into it. He explains how his program ties into the national plan for schools, and the Rwandan goal to become a center for IT consulting in the region and the country developing internal expertise in all ICT needs.
He also notes that all of the Rwanda’s border posts will be connected directly to an Internet backbone by the end of this year, which is expected to reduce broadband costs by 90%.
Rwanda currently has 100,000 OLPC laptops in primary schools, and aims to provide them to all primary schools in the country over the coming 6 years. As Nkubito says, “We are investing in the future… we need all these skills to be brought into Rwanda, and primary school is really the foundation.”