OLPC delivers first installment of 60,000 PCs for La Rioja schools

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

The One Laptop per Child (OLPC) program has delivered 1,000 XO laptops in Argentina's La Rioja province, the first of 60,000 purchased for schools in the region, online news service Canal AR reported.

The PCs are destined for all primary school students in the region, private and public, as part of Argentina's "one student, one computer" program.

The government has already started delivering 250,000 Intel Classmate PCs to more than 1,200 technical schools across the country.

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In 2007, the XO laptops were rejected by the University of Buenos Aires for a tender to provide 1mn PCs to schools because the model did not meet the governmental requirements for educational use. OLPC has since developed version 1.5 XO, which uses Linux open source software.

Argentinean President Cristina Fernández recently kicked off a program named Conectar Igualdad to provide 3mn laptops to high school students over the next three years, for which the procurement tender has yet to be launched.

OLPC has hopes for further sales in Latin America after large purchases in Uruguay and Peru, according to the report.