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UNRWA Provides Laptops to Gaza School ChildrenBy Yousef Al-Helou for Salem-News.com
From rockets and bombs to high tech devices, the kids in Gaza don't receive the things other kids see; in this case it is clearly positive.
(GAZA CITY) - "One laptop per child", it is a vision that has now turned into reality. This is the first project of its kind to be created by UNRWA, the United Nations Relief Works Agency launched a plan to distribute some 200,000 laptops to children who attend school in Gaza.
The event was attended by Filipae Grandi, the URRWA Commissioner General, and Nicholas Negroponte, founder of the One Laptop Per Child project.
Grandi said, "On behalf of all the children in UNRW schools that I hope one day come where every child will have a laptop, so this is an important step that we wanted to launch today, here in Gaza."
The long-range plan involves the distribution of half million laptop computers to refugees across the Middle East by 2012. Negroponte says the plan calls for linking students and teachers via wireless Internet.
"The end of isolation is a very important concept. When I started the laptop project I thought the key was eliminating poverty, and that is a key, but what I have learned in the last few years is that isolation is as big and maybe even a bigger problem, because isolation plus poverty is a very dangerous phenomenon."
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Yousef Al-Helou is a freelance journalist based in Gaza, you can reach him at this email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. We at Salem-News.com greatly appreciate Yousef's contribution for our readers. The siege of Gaza is one of the most upsetting and seemingly avoidable military events since the dawn of the new Millennium. Having someone in the field there able to send fresh reports to us offers our viewers the freshest perspective from the scene that they are likely to find in western media.
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