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 Wednesday, 30 March 2011

The “One Laptop Per Child” program, which aims to provide modern laptops and internet to public schools, covers already 100 percent of the primary educational institutions nationwide, reported yesterday by the Ministry of Education. Oscar Becerra, director of the Educational Technology sector said that from 2007 up to date they acquired 840 000 laptops for children in state schools. From that total, 300 thousand are already in use and the difference in distribution.

During the international forum
“towards a first world education: Education Agenda 2011-2016”, it was noted that public school students can use these machines for at least four hours per week, two in the classroom and two in their free time.

The last purchase
of these laptops for school was made in December last year and comprised 500 000 laptops. The investment up to date in this technology exceeds 155 million soles (around US$ 54 millions). "There is possible to get this program including high school, but because lack of time it will be not possible before the end of the current government. At the moment we are loading the software and training teachers in using this technology", said Becerra in the Chamber of Commerce Lima (CCL).

The low-cost computing and technological skills in the classroom help to advance
the knowledge of the people, improve the access to information, creating opportunities for students and bridge the digital gap between schools in rural and urban areas of the country, he added.

According to Becerra, lack of electricity in some rural areas is not an impediment to ensure the functioning of these children use laptops, because for this it has solar panels that help generate energy. He added that in the case of areas where there is no chance of internet access, connectivity tools are implemented offline, letting you access and navigate the most important American educational portals through a USB memory.

"We have also acquired and are in the process of delivery, multimedia projectors for each school with
more than 100 students, so that more students can access educational content and that all students will be familiar with computers", he said.

The vice president of the Lima Chamber of Commerce (CCL), Jorge von Wedemeyer, said that in 2021 the budget allocated to education in Peru could rise 3 to 5.9 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP). For this the government needs to increase each year, gradually and continuously, around 0.25 percent of GDP to this education sector. This will allow Peru to achieve high levels of education.

(Source: El Peruano News Paper)

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