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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.