The Organization of Ibero-American States (OEI) seeks to bring electricity and connectivity to the most of 60,000 schools that do not have these services in Latin America.
The project is called “Lights to learn” and has benefited thousand schools in the three years of implementation, as a way of “reduce inequalities and place these educational institutions in the XXI century”
The initiative consists of installing PV modules for power supply and equip with computers and Internet for schools, with special emphasis on indigenous peoples and Afro-descendants.
Total 8.427 students and teachers 938 benefited in Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru, Dominican Republic and Uruguay.
2021 is expected to have 80 percent of connected schools: “We believe that by then we will go by 50,000, I am not saying 100 percent because there are areas with particularly difficult situations as Peru or Colombia”He explained.
Mexico and Peru are the countries with more gaps, the first with 18,000 schools without electricity and more than 14,000 the second.
Uruguay will be the first to have full coverage, as in coming months will be illuminated the school number 100, the last without electricity, according to the Secretary of the OEI.
The project has a line of training for leaders and teachers, which aims to communities to take full advantage of the new resources and connect with the world.
The initiative was adopted by the heads of State and Government at the Ibero-American Summit held in Mar del Plata (Argentina) in December 2010, and has resources and support Government and private in each of the countries that are being implemented.