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Last Updated: Wednesday November 28 2007 15:39 GMT

Kids in poor nations get laptops

Kids in Nigeria using the laptops

Computers can be pricey, but kids in poor countries are testing out a laptop aimed at helping them get a better education which costs less than 100.

The laptop has been designed by a team in America to be super-tough so it will work in extreme environments.

It can run on a battery so you don't need electricity, and eventually it will have a crank so you can wind it up!

The keyboard is waterproof and the screen can be seen in bright sunlight.

Kids in Nigeria with the laptops
Kids in Nigeria with the laptops

Kids in several other countries - including Uruguay, Peru, Mexico, Ethiopia, Haiti, Rwanda and Mongolia - are also expected to be among the first to get involved with the scheme.

But not everyone's on-line with the plan.

Some experts reckon that poor countries would be much better off spending the money on lower-tech things - like improving classrooms and hiring more teachers.



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