Canaima program to get US$233mn, tweets Chávez

Friday, May 20, 2011

Venezuela's government has approved 1bn bolívares (US$233mn) to complement the financing of portable computers to grade school students under the educational program Canaima Educativo, President Hugo Chávez announced.

"Our boys and girls deserve it! I'm approving 1bn bolívares to finance all of the Canaima computers that are missing," the premier said in his Twitter account. The president has been on medical leave since May 9 due to a knee problem, but he has kept the public up to date via social networking.

The government has so far handed over 758,490 such PCs to grade school students throughout the country, according to a statement on state news service AVN.

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Canaima Educativo was initiated in 2009, delivering 50,000 open source laptops manufactured in Portugal in the first phase of the program. The dispatch of the portable computers - running on GNU/Linux Canaima open source software, developed in Venezuela - will be directly to the students in schools during the first part of the program.

In the second part, PCs will be given to individual homes, for the students to better interact with their parents, siblings and other family members, according to the government.