40,000 OLPC laptops headed to Peru

40,000 OLPC laptops headed to Peru

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Peruvian children, as it turns out, love the OLPC laptops. Or at least they had better, because a lot of Peruvian children are going to end up using the funky green laptops designed to bring computers to children without access to computers. The government of Peru has ordered 40,000 notebooks with an option to purchase 210,000 more, according to the OLPC organization. The distribution of that first batch of 40,000 machines is already under way and should be finished by February of next year. Primary school children in rural one-room schools are the lucky recipients. This major order comes after a successful test in the Peruvian town of Arahuay starting in May of last year. 60 of the XO notebooks were used in the test, and teachers reported seeing positive results within the first week of use. If ordered, the additional 210,000 machines would be able to help children in extreme poverty across the entire country.

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