6.14 Uruguay

President Tabaré Vázquez announced the Ceibal Project in December 2006 with the aim of providing each child in primary school with a laptop by 2009. Some USD 21 million was allocated to the project in 2007 -- the equivalent of 2.7 per cent of the entire education budget. The project was implemented in four phases, starting with a pilot project in a school in the town of Villa Cardal, in the department of Florida, using 200 computers donated by OLPC. The pilot was followed by the scaling up of the project to provide laptops to schools in all of Florida Department, then in 2008 to all schools in all departments of the country, except the capital Montevideo. The final phase extended the laptops to Montevideo. In four years, Plan Ceibal delivered 450,000 laptops to all students and teachers in the primary education system, along with free Internet access throughout the country. 257 In 2009, the programme also targeted secondary education, as well. 258

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