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===Why some countries and not others?===
===Why some countries and not others?===
The reason is quite simple: the OLPC has made an offer (an inexpensive laptop) to '''national governments''' (not individuals or NGOs). Countries interested in the offer then decide if the offer is of their liking or not. If it is, negotiations and/or talks can start with the OLPC, and it's only then that they ''appear'' on the OLPC radar, and given a color/status depicting the level of commitment or interest.
The reason is quite simple: the OLPC has made an offer (an inexpensive laptop) to '''national governments''' (not individuals or NGOs). Countries interested in the offer then decide if the offer is of their liking or not. If it is, negotiations and/or talks can start with the OLPC, and it's only then that they ''appear'' on the OLPC radar, and given a color/status depicting the level of commitment or interest.
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===How does the color/status scheme work?===
 
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|[[Image:olpcmap.jpg|right|400px|Click for larger image]]
 
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|[[Media:olpcmap.jpg|Click image]] to enlarge & text country list
 
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Basically countries in the [[map]] are coded in four colors (plus a generic one):
 
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!style="background:green" | green
 
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| those countries we plan to pilot<font size="1"><br>Currently: {{Status green countries}}</font>
 
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!style="background:red" | red
 
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| those countries we plan to include in the post-launch phase
 
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!style="background:orange" | orange
 
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| those countries who have expressed interest at the Ministry-of-Education level or higher
 
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!style="background:yellow" | yellow
 
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| those countries who are currently seeking government support
 
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!style="background:gray" | gray
 
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| countries ''under the radar'' or that have not made contact with the OLPC
 
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For a '''[[Media:olpcmap.jpg|larger image and textual list]]''' you can click on the image on the right, or see the [[OLPC Status by Country|status by country page]]
 
===What if I don't like my country's color?===
===What if I don't like my country's color?===

Current revision as of 19:19, 17 December 2008

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Why some countries and not others?

The reason is quite simple: the OLPC has made an offer (an inexpensive laptop) to national governments (not individuals or NGOs). Countries interested in the offer then decide if the offer is of their liking or not. If it is, negotiations and/or talks can start with the OLPC, and it's only then that they appear on the OLPC radar, and given a color/status depicting the level of commitment or interest.

What if I don't like my country's color?

If your country is color-coded in a hue with which you don't agree, you should lobby that country's government to start talks with the OLPC.

How can a country get involved?

By starting talks with the OLPC at national or ministerial level—minister or similar high-ranking government officials—not at individual level. Individuals should lobby their government to participate. More info.

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