Ulan Bator, Mongolia

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Topic: Education
Schedule: Week 1, (June 17 - June 23)
Art Project: LinkCube (New York, USA)
School Project: Hauptschule Stadl Paura
Partner School: Mongolian-German School (Ulan Bator, Mongolia)

While Mongolia is largely known for Genghis Khan, yaks and being a stop on the Trans-Siberian Railway between Beijing and Moscow, its capital city, Ulan Bator, is the site of the world’s largest initiative around using computers for education in schools.  In October 2007, President Nambaryn Enkhbayar announced his commitment to provide every child in Mongolia with a connected laptop by the end of 2010. Though One Laptop Per Child’s general approach has been criticized for its high price (nearly $200 US per laptop, outside of all maintenance costs) and lack of sustainability, Mongolia seems convinced. The country has since launched a pilot project with the OLPC initiative — currently, there are 10,000 XO laptops in Ulan Bator schools, the largest such deployment to date.

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