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 Laptop for every pupil in Uruguay

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Date posted: 17/10/2009

Uruguay has become the first country to provide a laptop for every child attending state primary school. President Tabar? V?zquez presented the final XO model laptops to pupils at a school in Montevideo on 13 October. Over the last two years 362,000 pupils and 18,000 teachers have been involved in the scheme.

The "Plan Ceibal" (Education Connect) project has allowed many families access to the world of computers and the internet for the first time. Uruguay is part of the One Laptop Per Child scheme, an organisation set up by internet pioneer Nicholas Negroponte. His original vision was to provide laptops at $100 (?61) but they proved more expensive.

The Uruguay programme has cost the state $260 (?159) per child, including maintenance costs, equipment repairs, training for the teachers and internet connection.

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