one laptop per child

In October 2009, Uruguayan President Tabaré Vázquez handed out the last XO in the initial project of Plan Ceibal, Uruguay’s national OLPC project, providing an XO to each of the 395,000 children in primary school from 1st to 6th grade across the country’s 2332 public schools. Of these, some 1900 are connected to the Internet. The handout of the last laptops was made in Montevideo at Escuela 28/80.

Plan Ceibal, initiated by President Vázquez, was launched in 2008 with the vision of providing every grade school student and teacher in Uruguay with a laptop connected to the internet. The acronym "Ceibal" stands for Basic Informatic Educative Connectivity for Online Learning (Conectividad Educativa de Informática Básica para el Aprendizaje en Línea) and was chosen for the ceibo tree's symbolic meaning to the Uruguayan people. The program is run with the joint efforts of the Technological Laboratory of Uruguay (LATU), National Agency for Research and Innovation (ANII), the Agency for the Development of Government Electronic Management and Information Society and Knowledge (AGESIC), the National Telecommunications Administration (ANTEL ), the Ministry of Education and Culture (MEC), the Primary Education Council (CEP), and the National Public Education Administration (ANEP).

    Uruguay at a glance
  • Official Language: Spanish
  • Capital: Montevideo
  • Area: 176,215 km2 (68,037 mi2)
  • Population (Jul. 2009): 3.4 mil
  • Density: 19/km2
  • GDP (per capita 2008): $12,784
  • Laptops to date: 420,000