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    Archive for February, 2013

    One Laptop per Child in Peru: Findings and the Road Forward

    By - 28 Feb 2013

    By Julián Cristia*


    The One Laptop per Child (OLPC) program aims to improve education by providing one laptop to each primary-age child in the poorest areas in the world. The program has been implemented in 42 countries and more than 2 million laptops have been distributed. Complementary inputs, including training and support, are typically included in each deployment. The initiative has been especially popular in our region. In fact, 80% of OLPC laptops purchased worldwide have been distributed in Latin America and the Caribbean. The two leading cases are Uruguay, where virtually every primary schoolchild has received a laptop, and Peru, the largest purchaser of these laptops worldwide. However, OLPC is just the tip of the iceberg. If we  also include laptops produced by private firms (such as Intel), current plans aim to distribute about 7 million laptops to public schools in the region (Severín and Capota, 2011). Read more…