“The African nation of Zimbabwe has suffered greatly over the past due to the policies of president Robert Mugabe, but there’s a glimmer of hope for the future of the country,” Steven Sande reports for TUAW.

“Apple and the government of Zimbabwe have entered into a joint venture to distribute solar-powered iPads to rural schools in the country,” Sande reports. “The announcement was made by Zimbabwean minister of Education, Sport, Arts and Culture David Coltart, who met with Apple employees in Paris yesterday. In his Facebook post, he noted that he had a “Great meeting with Apple today in Paris — unveiled a fascinating new ‘School Box’ which will take iPads to the most remote rural schools – using solar power and micro projectors we will be able to bring computerized teaching aids to the poorest schools.”

Sande reports, “Coltart mentioned that the first pilot programs could start early in 2012.”

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