García gives out laptop number 500,000 through OLPC program

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Laptop number 500,000 was handed out by Peruvian President Alan García as part of his government's One Laptop per Child (OLPC) program, according to a press release from the president's office.

The 500,000 laptops have been distributed freely among 21,000 educational institutions throughout the country, benefiting 2.37mn students and 108,151 teachers.

Joining García for the 500,000th laptop's delivery were education minister Víctor Díaz and the ministry's educational technology director, Óscar Becerra.

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Peru's OLPC program was implemented in accordance with a convention signed in 2007. Laptop distribution began in areas suffering from extreme poverty and for the first three years focused on primary schools. The program started including public high school students during 2010.