Peru's Laptop Program Gets Mixed Grades
Peru's distribution of more than 800,000 low-cost laptop computers to children across the country easily ranks as one of the world's most ambitious efforts to leverage digital technology in the fight against poverty.
Yet, five years into the program, there are serious doubts about whether the largest single deployment in the One Laptop Per Child , or OLPC, initiative was worth the more than $200 million that Peru's government spent.
Ill-prepared rural teachers were often unable to fathom, much less teach with the machines; software bugs didn't get fixed; and most of the machines had no way to connect to the Internet. Many students could not take the computers home as the initiative intended. And some schools even lacked electricity...
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