Photos: Computer Aid warms Chile with white heat of technology

Photos: Computer Aid warms Chile with white heat of technology

Summary: The Chilean Government is working with an IT charity to supply 100 percent of the country's schools with PCs

TOPICS: Emerging Tech

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  • Chilean Ambassador Rafael Moreno (right) receives the first of a 7,000-strong consignment of refurbished PCs from Tony Roberts, founder of London-based charity Computer Aid International. The computers will form a key part of a strategy, overseen by non-governmental organisation Enlaces, to ensure IT access at 100 percent of Chilean schools over the near future.

    Other countries in the region are looking at replicating Chile's IT efforts, which the Government claims will have a trickle-down effect on the local community, as the PCs can be accessed not only by the schools' students but also their parents and neighbours.

  • Computer Aid has recently celebrated a landmark, having shipped a total of 70,000 PCs to the developing world. The organisation, founded in 1998, refurbishes used PCs, routers, printers and other technology. It then ships them to a network of organisations in the developing world where they are distributed to schools, universities and community groups.

Topic: Emerging Tech

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Andrew Donoghue is a freelance technology and business journalist with over ten years on leading titles such as Computing, SC Magazine, BusinessGreen and

Specialising in sustainable IT and technology in the developing world, he has reported and volunteered on African aid projects, as well as working with charitable organisations such as the UN Foundation and Computer Aid.

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