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Nov 15, 2006

IDB and OLPC formalize agreement to foster applications of information and communication technology to education in Latin America and the Caribbean

Partnership aimed at support mainstreaming of new approaches to digital technology in Latin American and Caribbean education

The Inter-American Development Bank announced today it had formalized an agreement with One Laptop Per Child association (OLPC) that will facilitate joint efforts to support the development and mainstreaming of 1 to 1 computing in Latin American and the Caribbean schools.

Luis Alberto Moreno, IDB President and Nicholas Negroponte, Chairman Emeritus of the MIT Media Lab and Chairman of OLPC, signed the agreement at the Inter-American Development Bank Headquarters in Washington DC last week following a special presentation by Mr. Negroponte and his team to a gathering of top level education authorities and experts from 15 countries of the region.

With the agreement, the parties seek to contribute to the development of the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean through the deployment of individual computer devices, such as laptops, in ways that will maximize contact and use of digital devices for a majority of the region’s children that today lack such access and connectivity.

The agreement outlines the following strategic areas of common interest for the IDB and OLPC, and which constitute the framework for initiatives to be jointly developed:  (a) regional and national policy dialogue, aimed at exploring the implications of adopting a new approach to the use of computers in education; (b) technical assistance, to be provided to countries participating in the exploration of such new approaches; (c) design and support for evaluation activities, in order to insure rigorous follow up and lessons learned from initiatives in this field; d) content development tailor-made to the 1 to 1 learning environment; e) design of effective strategies to integrate individual computer devices in the daily lives of children, both at home and in school; and f) design of effective approaches to supporting schools and teachers implementing 1 to 1 computing programs.

The IDB is the oldest and largest regional development bank in the world and the primary source of multilateral financing for Latin America and the Caribbean.  Its mission is to promote social and economic development, reduce poverty and strengthen democratic institutions in the countries of the region.  www.iadb.org

OLPC is a non-profit corporation. Its mission is to design, manufacture and distribute inexpensive, network capable and independently powered laptops so that every school-aged child who needs one may have access to information and modern forms of education, no matter where the child may live. http://www.laptop.org

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