15,000 low-cost tablets to Lebanese public school students

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Lebanon’s telecommunications minister signed a memorandum of understanding with leading firm Intel to provide low-cost tablet computers to Lebanese public school students. “The project aims to create multifaceted educational solutions and lay the foundation for long-term added value economic projects that will boost growth,” Minister Nicolas Sehnaoui said at the signing ceremony held at recently opened technology center Beirut Digital District. [Link]

Update: I don’t follow the tablets’ market that closely and I thought Intel-powered tablets aren’t that bad. However, after having read Mustapha’s post, I have to agree that while the initiative of getting affordable tablets to Lebanese public school students is good, distributing MANDRIVAs instead of iPads and Android-powered tablets is a bad idea as we are selling them worthless technology. Read BeirutSpring’s full post [Here].

The tablets will have both WiFi and 3G connectivity, along with some educational material and Intel’s business mentorship program. The pilot project will provide around 1,500 tablets to 10th and 11th grade classes in 15 public high schools across the country. According to Education Minister Hassan Diab, every public high school student should have a tablet PC by 2014.

This is a good initiative and should be followed by creating more free WIFI spots around schools and in major cities and public places. Also, Public School Students should be given free 3G subscription plans by Alfa and Touch.

6 thoughts on “15,000 low-cost tablets to Lebanese public school students

  1. Buzz

    If you’re bugged about the Beirut Spring post, I think if you read down to the lower comments a tad, you will see the author of the post is discredited and shown that he doesn’t really know what he’s talking about, he’s just trashing his political/sectarian enemies as usual.

  2. tomp

    Disclaimer: I, for one, won’t buy anything other than an iPad because I’m heavily invested in the iTunes ecosystem (plus I can afford it).

    On the other hand, the low cost tablets deal is a good initiative for those who can’t afford an iPad and other sort of tables, so I have to disagree with Mustapha. The world we live in today is an online world and even if this tablet is not top notch, it’ll still be a great internet gateway and with a kindle app, you’re set.

  3. Armigatus

    “we are selling them worthless technology”

    Here is where I am curious to know how an over-hyped expensive shiny ‘one-of-a-kind’ iPad is better than an affordable open-source alternative, and according to what reasoning it is deemed as ‘worthless’

    I still have to find out what this alternative is; Mustapha doesn’t cite the source where he finds out it is Mandriva.


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