OLPC XO-1.5 HS laptops to reach Peruvian secondary schools in 2011


After extending its "Una laptop por nino" program to reach all primary schools in the next few months - though partially in a seven children per laptop rather than one laptop per child fashion - Peru is now planning to expand the program to its secondary schools. While many of the details are still unknown it looks like Peru is interested in purchasing XO-1.5 HS laptops just like Uruguay recently did for 90,000 of its secondary school students.

Soon to be in secondary school

According to an article by Peruvian's Andina news agency Oscar Becerra, the head of DIGETE (Dirección General de Tecnologías Educativas - General Directorate of Educational Technologies), confirmed that the proposed plan to reach two million secondary school pupils has already been approved by the Ministry of Education. Now the plan is undergoing review by the Ministry of Economy and Finance but seeing that the previous projects were approved I don't expect them to run into any issues there.

In combination with the 260,000 XOs already being on the ground and another 300,000 machines recently having been purchased this new plan would make Peru soon overtake Uruguay (400,000 XOs deployed, 90,000 XO-1.5 HS and 10,000 Classmate PCs arriving soon) as the largest OLPC deployment in the world.


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