‘One Laptop Per Child’ big hit in Peru village
While Intel has finally been thrown out from the project, an Associated Press (long) article reports: «Doubts about whether poor, rural children really can benefit from quirky little computers evaporate as quickly as the morning dew in Arahuay, this hilltop Andean village, where 50 primary school children got machines from the One Laptop Per Child project six months ago.
These offspring of peasant families whose monthly earnings rarely exceed the cost of one of the $188 laptops — people who can ill afford pencil and paper much less books — can’t get enough of their “XO” laptops. …
Peru made the single biggest order to date — more than 272,000 machines — in its quest to turn around a primary education system that the World Economic Forum recently ranked last among 131 countries surveyed. Uruguay was the No. 2 buyers of the laptops, inking a contract for 100,000. …
Among them is Charito Arrendondo, 39, who sheds brief tears of joy when a reporter asks what the laptop belonging to ruddy-cheeked Miluska — the youngest of her six children — has meant to her. Miluska’s father, it turns out, abandoned the family when she was 1.
“We never imagined having a computer,” said Arrendondo, a cook.
Is she afraid to use the laptop, as is typical of many Arahuay parents, about half of whom are illiterate?
“No, I like it. Sometimes when I’m alone and the kids are not around I turn it on and poke around.”
Arrendondo likes to play checkers on the laptop.
“It’s also got chess, which I sort of know,” she said, pausing briefly.»
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