Part of an ongoing series on OLPC in Afghanistan
This past weekend, OLPC Afghanistan reached Baghlan province, working with the Ministry of Education’s deployment team to provide XOs to 280 children and teachers in grades 4-6Â at Firdausi High School.Â (In Afghanistan a ‘high school’ can refer to any school whose upper grades reach past 9th grade, but can include students in 1st grade as well.) Firdausi becomes the seventh school in the country to take part in the Ministry pilot program.Â The Ministry is working on plans for extending this early work into full-saturation regional or national efforts.
The Firdausi project will integrate the XOs into the schoolâ€™s teacher planning and curricula, as well as in after-school projects.Â They may be used outside of school by families to access training, job information, and resources to develop and improve farms and small businesses.
This pilot rollout was assisted by USAID Afghanistan.Â At the end of the day, Earl Gast, the national mission director, commented: “These computers are an investment in Afghanistanâ€™s most important resource â€“ its people.”