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Peru’s Digital Investment Under Scrutiny

Peru’s Digital Investment Under Scrutiny

Can access to technology save a country from poverty?

Five years ago, the Peruvian government set out to test this theory by investing $200 million in the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) initiative. The ambitious initiative distributed 800,000 laptops to children across the country.

Education officials are now responding to inquiries about the successes and failures of the program.

“In essence, what we did was deliver the computers without preparing the teachers,” said Sandro Marcone, the Peruvian education official who now runs the program.

Ill-prepared teachers and lack of internet access has led to roadblocks and criticism. Is it too late to remedy the program in Peru? Can these rugged, low-power laptops connect children to education by engaging them in their own education?

Read the entire story at Education Week.
Learn more about the One Laptop Per Child Initiative.

Photo Courtesy: Karel Navarro/AP
A boy uses his laptop at the Jose Maria public school in a shantytown on the outskirts of Lima, Peru. Peru has sent more than 800,000 laptop computers children across the country, one of the world’s most ambitious efforts to leverage digital technology in the fight against poverty. Yet five years into the program, there are serious doubts about whether the largest single deployment in the One Laptop Per Child initiative was worth the more than $200 million that Peru’s government spent.