Government to provide tablets to public school students next year

Friday, September 2, 2011

Brazil's federal government will distribute tablets to public school students next year, news source Agência Brasil quoted education minister Fernando Haddad as saying.

A public tender for purchasing the equipment will be announced later this year. The minister did not specify the number of devices the government intends to distribute, but said it will be in the "hundreds of thousands."

The project is being carried out along with the science and technology ministry.

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According to Haddad, the government's goal is to provide universal technology access to all students. The minister believes Brazil needs to "take a leap" now and engage the use of tablets in education.

"We're investing in digital educational content. Last year, MEC [the education ministry] spent around 70mn reais [US$43.7mn] on digital content production," Haddad said.