The objective of the Golden Hour Project is to utilize the XO laptops to expand educational opportunities to children who live in the remote mountainous areas in Bangladesh, known as the Chittagong Hill Tracts. This isolated area, where poverty and malnutrition pervade, is inhabited by thirteen indigenous tribes and whose literacy rates are 28%, lowest in the nation, even for a country like Bangladesh. The indigenous tribal children live scattered on mountaintops and only have access to a few schools with severely limited resources. The Golden Hour Project will make it possible for these children to access better and more comprehensive primary school education.
Our goal, in the first phase, is to deploy XOs in one school for seventy-two indigenous orphans, ranging from grades one to five. Our long-term objective is to deploy XOs with multi-lingual curricula at primary schools in the region. We plan to leverage our knowledge of the native languages and expertise in computer programming to develop computer keyboards in the tribal languages. We believe One Laptop per Child can play a critical role in helping the Golden Hour Project reach both its short and long term goals.