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26 May 2009, 09:58

UN program: computer workstations for schools in developing countries

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As part of an initiative by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), the UN aim to supply 500,000 workstations to primary and secondary schools in developing countries by 2012. A solution developed by Ncomputing that allows multiple monitors and keyboards to be connected to one PC can be used for running several desktops on each of these computers – both under Linux and under Windows.

A first pilot project was completed in Burkina Faso, and further pilot projects are to provide 1,000 Linux desktops to schools in Rwanda, Senegal, and Tanzania before the end of the year. The project is establishing further partnerships with businesses, universities and NGOs to provide budget computers, logistical support, suitable content and training. The initiative is to be presented at the eLearning Africa 2009 conference to be held in Dakar from the 27th to the 29th of June.


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