NComputing, a provider of ultra low-cost computing solutions, is partnering with the United Nations to provide computers for educational purposes to schools in developing countries.
The program, under the direction of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) aims to bring 500,000 computers to primary and secondary schools in these countries by 2012.
The program is being developed by the UNDESA Global Alliance for ICT Development (GAID), and enjoys strong support from UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon.
Says Sarbuland Khan, Executive Coordinator of UNDESA-GAID: “Access to computing technology is a cornerstone for education, social, and economic development in the 21st century. This initiative will play an important role in closing the digital literacy gap that exists in the world’s developing nations.”
The first pilot phase of the project was concluded in Burkina Faso, with additional projects in Rwanda, Senegal, and Tanzania scheduled for 2009.
NComputing’s virtual desktop solution is ideal for the project, as they are cheap, simple to ship and install, require almost no maintenance, and use only 1 watt of electricity.
In addition to the product donations, NComputing will also provide its logistical and operational expertise with large-scale rollouts.
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