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Colombian Computadores para Educar Programme presented to nine countries via videoconferencing
Three videoconferences on the use of ICT in education organized by the Computadores para Educar Programme of the Ministry of Communications of Colombia with financial support by UNESCO recently connected persons in charge of ICT in education of nine Spanish-speaking countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.

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Colombian Computadores para Educar Programme presented to nine countries via videoconferencing

09-02-2006 (Bogota)
Colombian <i>Computadores para Educar</i> Programme presented to nine countries via videoconferencing
Three videoconferences on the use of ICT in education organized by the Computadores para Educar Programme of the Ministry of Communications of Colombia with financial support by UNESCO recently connected persons in charge of ICT in education of nine Spanish-speaking countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.
During the two-hour videoconference sessions, 14 representatives from nine countries (Colombia, Argentina, Uruguay, Peru, Venezuela, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Bolivia and the United States) were connected, learning and exchanging knowledge and opinions on the Computadores para Educar experience and its support to education.

After the screening of a video presenting the Programme and some of its users, programme director María Isabel Mejía Jaramillo made a general presentation of the history, structure, and operation of Computadores para Educar, followed by an open discussions of the participants.

Other countries such as Guatemala, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador and Panama, which were not able to connect at this time, are planning to participate in additional video conferences to be held on 10 and 17 February 2006. In these next sessions, the topics to be discussed will be the promotion processes, management of donations, refurbishment of equipment, management of beneficiary institutions, educational material, monitoring, and impact evaluation.

With simple technology, only consisting of a computer and a 128kbps internet connection, the video conferencing allows sharing of knowledge and experiences that helps participating countries to take advantage of thousands of computers that are abandoned daily. “This can become a powerful tool to improve the quality of education in our countries”, said one of the participants.

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          · Colombia
          · ICT in Education: News Archives 2006
          · Latin America/Caribbean: News Archive 2006


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