8 min documentary about the 2nd pilot test in Ethiopia. Testing at 2 primary schools with 2nd grade students, Sep-Dec 2007.
Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi has confirmed (last November) his commitment of giving 50,000 laptops to Ethiopia. The importance of the funding is its exemplary nature - it is model for other European countries and the EU itself to follow.
Nicholas Negroponte has recently said in an Interview that a Give 1 Get 1 program for Italians to donate more laptops to Ethiopia was under consideration to be launched very soon. Perhaps the program could even provide a second donated laptop by the Italian government as a donation matching encitement. So for perhaps 300€, Italians will give 1 to Ethiopia, the government will match the donation with another to Ethiopia and 1 laptop will come to the Italian person who donated. The exact way the donations are considered in Italy has not been detailed but this is how I expect it could happen.
As for OLPC in the UK could also be initiating a Give 1 Get 1 program very soon sending laptops to children in Iran.
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See also this other video documentary of the OLPC pilot projects underway in Ethiopia.
You can digg this video here: http://digg.com/linux_unix/50_000_OLPC_laptops_going_to_Ethiopia