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Sri Lankan school children soon may own “$100 laptop”

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Some of the two million primary school students in Sri Lanka soon may get to own the “$100 laptop” if an ambitious plan to introduce the product into Sri Lanka gets adequate support, officials said.

Education minister Susil Premajayantha had responded “favourably” when shown the computer last week by representatives of One Laptop Per Child (OLPC), a US-based organization that partners with several technological and academic institutions. Working with local partners and governments worldwide, it aims to get the learning tool into children’s hands.

Lanka Rates also learnt the laptop was shown to President Mahinda Rajapaksa by a top diplomat on October 6.

A pilot project may be rolled out as soon as early next year, said an official close to the project in the country, with four or five schools initially targetted.

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