The Deputy Minister for
ICT, María Carolina Hoyos Turbay, delivered three mobile classrooms
with 30 portables, on Thursday 9 August in the city of Valledupar.
These equipments will benefit over 520 students of the National
School Loperena, in Vicente Roig and Villalba
"It is proven that
students, whom learn with technology, improve their performance and
quality of education. Also, in classrooms where ICT is present, the
dropout rates are reduced", said Hoyos Turbay.
The Ministry of
Information and Communications Technologies, through Computers for
Schools, will deliver this year more than 4,300 computer equipment in
the department of Cesar, an amount that is added to the 12,500
computers that will be delivered at the end of 2014.
Additionally, more than
3,300 teachers across the department will be trained in proper use of
ICT (a diploma), so that not only meets the purpose of access to
technology, but also the proper use of the tools. "A team alone
does not make a difference in an educational campus, but is used in
different areas, like in the class of geography, English, Science or
Spanish", said the Executive Director for Computers for Schools
(Computadores para Educar), Martha Cunningham.
To date, over 215,000
children have benefited from computers in the department of Cesar. In
the capital city of Valledupar, the Program has delivered up to date
2,448 computers and laptops to 123 schools, which have benefited
64,495 students, especially the most vulnerable segments of the
According to official
statistics, Computers for Schools has benefited about 6.5 million
children countrywide and even though it is present in all Colombian
municipalities, including the most remote, there are still over 7,000
schools left for covering.
"Our goal is that
by 2014 we will get all the official Schools", said ICT Deputy
Minister, María Carolina Hoyos, who recalled that recently they
acquired over 320,000 laptops of last generation to meet the needs
nationwide by 2014, through an electronic auction.
(Source: MINTIC –