Rodrigo Arboleda is the CEO of One Laptop Per Child Association, an organization that has distributed 2.7 million XO computers around the world, and which just marked a milestone in Colombia with the delivery of 11,000 laptops to children in public schools in ItagÃ¼Ã. He has also just been honored in Miami as one of the 100 most influential Hispanics in that city. A specialÂ Colombian Â man.
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Translation from a post in REVISTA SEMANA of Colombia, the most prestigious magazine of the country.
On Tuesday September 4th, ItagÃ¼Ã’s Municipal Mayor, CARLOS ANDRES TRUJILLO, officially handed over the first massive installment of XO computers from One Laptop per Child (OLPC) to teachers of basic primary education official institutions of the municipalities. The main event took place at the Southern Cultural Auditorium in ItagÃ¼ÃÂ (Antioquia, Colombia).
Thus, ItagÃ¼Ã began a process of educational revolution in the implementation of the use and appropriation of technology information and communicationsÂ that are planned for the education sector and that is being conducted in partnership with the University EAFIT. The project also seeks to raise awareness and ensure the appropriate use of new technologies among all students and make full use of these tools by teachers for the continuous improvement of the teaching process, which will be reflected in management plansÂ within the 24 official educational institutions.
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The project includes in its first phase leaving a defined strategy that allows for the proper implementation of technologies in the classroom, for which, activities such as training of teachers, school administrators and adequacy of the infrastructure necessary for the operation thereof are being carried out. To do this, educational institutions with XO laptops have already been endowed; in each of the classrooms a whiteboard was installed, each of them gas given a video beam and they installed a central database (CPU) with keyboard and mouse. Additionally, an educational software that allows students to create new experiences, innovate and develop their intellectual capacities and technologies facing the globalized world has been prepared.
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The Municipal Administration has been working hard in order to improve school environment and provide new tools that allow the education sector of the municipality move forward and become a national model framed in change and transformation of education.
There are roughly 58 million primary school students in Latin America, according to UNESCO’s latest dataÂ from theirÂ Education For AllÂ initiative. Â 5% of children in that age range are not in school. Â And 5% of them use XOs: 1.5 million children have their own, and Peru’s urban initiative is giving another 1.5 million students in urban schools access to XOs through a program where groups of 3-5 students share a laptop.
Today 4/5 of these students are in Uruguay, Peru, Argentina, and Mexico. Â But new programs are growing rapidly, inÂ Nicaragua,Â Costa Rica,Â Colombia, and elsewhere.
That’s a lot of budding Pythonistas, Scratcheros, and Linux users!
Now if only my own home country would start providing computers and connectivity to its students as a matter of course…
In the coming days, ItagÃ¼Ã will be the first region in all of Colombia to have a laptop for every primary student. This is the first time that we broke the ice. It was very difficult, probably noone is a prophet in his own country… We are also heading to La Macarena. But there are also cases of private-sector philanthropists or associations such as AsocaÃ±a, with whom we will soon come to Valle del Cauca. The national government made an effort through the Ministry of Education to provide connectivity to the schools. With a single signal to the school, we can work via wi-fi and the only thing that needs to be installed are internal repeaters within the school.”
OLPC Colombia published the first issue of its newsletter, UniverXO, this month (pdf), with an essay on “La RevoluciÃ³n educativa con tecnologÃa sigue en alza” (‘Advanced technology and the education revolution’).
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