Peru Case Study

PERU

One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) 

In May 2007, Peru’s Minister of Education announced the country’s participation in OLPC,89 stating that every school child would receive a laptop. The goal is to provide all primary school students with a laptop by 2011.90 By mid-2008, some 40,000 computers had been distributed.  Another 100,000 were installed by the end of that year, and there were plans to purchase an additional 150,000 in 2009.91 With about 4 million primary school students, equipping each one with a LCCD at a cost of USD 150 would amount to approximately USD 600 million, or about 20 per cent of the country’s education budget.
 
In September 2008, Microsoft reported that Peru would become the first country in the world to have XOs with Windows software installed.92

Table 5-1: Education Indicators, Peru, 2007

 
Total
Urban
Rural
Number of primary school students (000s)
3,947
2,620
1,326
Number of secondary school students (000s)
2,496
2097
399
Percentage of public schools with electricity
48.1
79.7
34.5
Education budget (USD millions)
$3,016
As % of total government budget
16.7 per cent
As % of GDP
2.7 per cent

Source: Ministerio de Educación-Unidad de Estadística Educativa.