One Laptop’ a hit in Peruvian village

  • 50 primary school children in hilltop Andean village using “One Laptop” machines
  • Peru has ordered more than 272,000 machines for 9,000 elementary schools
  • Project the brainchild of former MIT Media Lab director Nicholas Negroponte

Doubts about whether poor, rural children really can benefit from quirky little computers evaporate as quickly as the morning dew in this hilltop Andean village, where 50 primary school children got machines from the One Laptop Per Child project six months ago.These offspring of peasant families whose monthly earnings rarely exceed the cost of one of the $188 laptops — people who can ill afford pencil and paper much less books — can’t get enough of their “XO” laptops.

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