International financing allows launch of national One Computer per Child program

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Financial support from the Taiwanese government and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) will be used to launch Honduras' One Computer per Child program, presidential minister María Antonieta Guillén announced in a press release.

During 2011 and 2012, the Honduran government expects to supply 30,000 computers to public school students at the primary level through the program, an initiative of President Porfirio Lobo.

According to Guillén, the Taiwanese government's first investment of US$3mn has materialized and will be used to kick off the program with the purchase of some 8,000 computers.

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For the project, the government also has IDB financing to the tune of US$37mn, which calls for US$1.26mn in national counterpart funding.

Guillén said the government is awaiting loan approval, after which it will carry out the project. The first computers are expected to be delivered in 60 days by President Lobo himself.