|Children use XO laptops |
during L2L teacher training
|Child carrying XO laptop home from school|
|A student's family and friends caught by the XO laptop camera|
|Top graduates who earned scholarships|
to continue schooling beyond free
primary school, holding XO laptops,
with Principal & L2L Project Leader
|Mafikeng, Ketane, Lesotho, birthplace of L2L|
Computers can bring out hidden talents in some students. The boy in the foreground struggled to accomplish tasks other students grasped quickly. But when they had to do an activity with the XO laptops forming tesselations, he soared ahead while the other students floundered. When he finished the task well ahead of the rest, he jumped up and shouted triumphantly.
Students must earn the right to take a laptop home after school. This is done through a structured point system that rewards good behavior, academic effort and achievement, and volunteer service. Students who qualify are allowed to check out laptops much like a library book.
Parents say not only has the children's behavior improved, but the students have begun teaching their siblings and parents how to use the computers. Here the student's friends and family are caught peering into the laptop camera's lens.
Proud scholarship winners holding XO laptops donated by Laptops to Lesotho.
Retsepile Nthuba, second from the left, injured his eye while play-fighting with sticks. It went untreated for a month. When the community, school staff, and a Peace Corps Volunteer found out, they paid for surgery and related expenses. Ultimately, he lost the eye. Despite the trauma, he came back to take his exams and managed to get firsts in all subjects.
This is the remote mountain village of Mafikeng (Place of Rocks) where Nohana Primary School is located (seen here just above the left foreground rock outcrop). Laptops to Lesotho got its start here.
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