BBC Home
Explore the BBC

CBBC

Sci/Tech

Last Updated: Wednesday November 28 2007 13:11 GMT

In pictures: African kids test cheap laptops

Children in the African country of Nigeria are testing cheap laptops, specially designed so they can be used in poor nations.

Kids in the African country of Nigeria are testing cheap laptops, specially designed so they can be used in poor nations. They cost less than 100.

The laptops don't have a lot of the fancy features that we're used to, but they've got loads of cool other things.

The laptops don't have a lot of the fancy features that we're used to, but they've got loads of cool other things.

The screens can be used in really bright sunlight, and the keyboards are dust and water proof.

The screens can be used in really bright sunlight, and the keyboards are dust and water proof.

Lots of places don't have reliable electricity - but the laptops can run on batteries and even solar power.

Lots of places don't have reliable electricity - but the laptops can run on batteries and even solar power.

It's hoped that the laptops will help kids in poorer countries get a better education.

It's hoped that the laptops will help kids in poorer countries get a better education.

The kids show off their new gadgets. Kids in other countries - including Uruguay, Haiti and Rwanda - are also expected to be using the laptops soon.

The kids show off their new gadgets. Kids in other countries - including Uruguay, Haiti and Rwanda - are also expected to be using the laptops soon.

Some experts aren't happy about the project. They think that money should go into improving school buildings and hiring teachers before cash is spent on technology.

Some experts aren't happy about the project. They think that money should go into improving school buildings and hiring teachers before cash is spent on technology.



BBC Homepage >> | CBBC Homepage >>

Meet the Team | Help | Contact Us | News sources | Privacy & Cookies Policy