Apple has published a fascinating story that looks at how an East African Masai village is using Macs to teach children, even though they don't have electricity.

Over 400 kids attend the school, which runs night and day. The school gets around the electricity problem through use of solar panels, which keep the three Macs going.

The school was launched by retired technology executive, Patrick O'Sullivan, and a team of former Apple employees.

It's all part of a wider effort to raise funds to help teach kids in Africa. He was shocked when he visited the village in 2004 and found adults attempting to build classrooms for their children. He learned that many children of the Masai would never go to school - so he built one for them and equipped it with Macs.

"When you look at the continent of Africa," he observes, "it's no coincidence that there's never been a Steve Jobs or a Bill Gates or a Larry Ellison from Africa. There are millions of them there, but they never got the opportunity to learn. Yet education is the key to choices, to personal freedom. It's everything."

Read the report here.