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Recently, Intel and Lenovo embarked on a venture to provide laptops to children in developing countries, to help them better have a handhold in the technology realm. The laptop, called “Classmate+” is designed for children in the K-8 range age group.
Lenovo’s 10.1” Classmate+ laptopfeatures an Intel Atom N455 CPU, Windows 7, 1GB of RAM, a 1.3 megapixel camera and WiFi – all of the usual bells and whistles now expected in today’s starter laptops. But the Classmate PC is rugged, and made to withstand any damages that might be incurred while being used in unfamiliar territory.
Of all of the OEMs, Lenovo will be the first to build and sell Classmate-style laptops. And it will hopefully be a trend-setting example for the future. When private corporations share their wealth with a cause or charity, it helps the world and helps the company’s reputation in turn.
Why is Lenovo the first to champion this cause?
The director of worldwide education at Lenovo, Michael Schmedlen, explained: “As the fastest-growing PC company in education, we are committed to creating education solutions that improve schools’ efficiency, as well as leading initiatives to evaluate how
technology can measurably improve learning outcomes.”
The Classmate+ laptop is priced for children in developing countries, and comes with the Intel Learning Series software pre-installed. The software covers infrastructure, hardware, software, content, training and support modules meant to help children learn to acclimate in a rapidly evolving world.
This won’t be the first time that Lenovo has been involved with humanitarian efforts geared at helping children. In Sept. of 2009, Lenovo donated $150,000 to the Millennium Promise’s Millennium Villages Project (MVP). The MVP’s goal was to help build out nine school computer labs and communication kiosks all across sub-Saharan Africa.
Millenium Promise’s CEO, John W. McArthur, certainly appreciated Lenovo’s efforts. He said, “Lenovo’s contribution is groundbreaking for families in the Millennium Villages.” He later added, “Its impact will be felt by students learning in schools as well as the small-business community. By funding the computers and associated costs, Lenovo is ensuring both a smooth start-up and future sustainability. This generous investment will create access to ICT for these remarkable communities across sub-Saharan Africa.”