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New Program in Mexico Gives School Children Laptops

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November 5, 2013

Last Wednesday President Enrique Pena Nieto traveled to Tabasco state to inaugurate a program in which some 240,000 elementary school students in that state, Colima, and Sonora get free laptop computers.

Mexico City, Mexico - Following in the footsteps of many other nations around the globe, Mexico is giving simple free laptop computers to some elementary school students.

Last Wednesday President Enrique Pena Nieto traveled to Tabasco state to inaugurate the program, which in its first phase will see some 240,000 kids in Tabasco, Colima, and Sonora states get the computers.

"It is a computer that will accompany you in fifth and sixth grades, and you can take it home, use it all the time, at home, at school, and when you complete your primary education, it is another tool to accompany you in your training," Pena Nieto told students in Tabasco.

Mexico falls fairly low in rankings of computer usage and internet connection.

Education Secretary Emilio Chuayffet said only three out of every ten Mexican families have a computer at home, and only one out of ever four students have home access to the internet.

It isnít clear how soon the program would be expanded. The website explaining the program,, was flooded with users this week and wouldnít open.

But Mexico is far from the first nation or region to give students free laptops. A quick look around the internet shows that Ghana, Malaysia, Macedonia, Nicaragua, and Rajasthan state in India all have free laptop programs in place or on tap.

So kids, get hacking!

Thatís certainly what occurred in Los Angeles last month when school officials began handing students Apple iPads. It took 300 students at one high school exactly one week to hack through security on the iPads so they could use the tablets at home and surf the web. Students there began tweeting, going on Facebook, and downloading music.

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