5.4 Peru

In May 2007, Peru’s Minister of Education announced the country’s participation in OLPC, 184 stating that every school child would receive a laptop. The goal was to provide all primary school students with a laptop by 2011. 185 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. 186 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. 187

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

2,097

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.

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