Nigeria Case Study


The Galadima Project

In March 2007, the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) Foundation provided XO laptops for primary school students and teachers in Galadima, a town near the capital Abuja.83 The public school there had no electricity. As a result, the laptops were removed in December 2007.  They were supposed to be replaced with new ones more suitable to the school environment. However, a change in government led to funding cuts and the replacement laptops were never procured.
Meanwhile, the Jabi Secondary School, also near Abuja, is the site of another pilot using Classmate PCs. The pilot is supported by the Ministry of Education and the government of the Federal Capital Territory Authority.  Intel has donated 40 computers84 and provided a full-time IT manager at the school, making it a showcase for Classmates in Africa.85 The Jabi school has electrical power, as well as a WiMAX Internet connection that reportedly costs USD 10,000 per month. The Internet connectivity is available directly to the laptops (via wireless connection) without using a server.
Nigeria's government has reversed direction several times on technologies and scope of LCCD deployment. It had initially announced its intention to support a large LCCD deployment, but it later scaled back those plans.86 In terms of operating systems, it has wavered between Windows and Linux.87 More recently, it appears that Nigeria has settled on Intel Classmates, awarding a tender for 55,000 units (100 each in 550 schools) in 2009.88