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…