President Nayib Bukele, along with first lady Gabriela de Bukele and Minister of Education Carla Hanania de Varela, began giving FREE computers to students in public schools. This inaugural event took place on Monday, February 22nd, 2021.
The first beneficiaries to receive the computers were high school students; then, it continued until all students down to fourth grade received theirs.
Students from first to third grade will receive tablets instead of computers; “they are easier to use,” announced the president.
President Bukele stated that high school students are the ones who need it urgently; furthermore, the president announced that students would get to keep the computer.
This is not a donation; the equipment was purchased with an investment of $450 million. These are Salvadoran tax dollars being used.” Nayib Bukele.
In May 2022, the Government continued with the delivery of 300,000 tablets for students from first to third grade in schools throughout the country.
According to the
government, “Each tablet has the necessary tools that will contribute to the comprehensive development of children.”
The tablets include educational software and 15 educational applications that can be used with and without internet connectivity.” Salvadoran Government.
During the inaugural event, the President communicated that this is a long-term initiative. “The real result of this initiative will be seen in 15 to 20 years,” said Bukele.
Bukele also expressed that previous governments didn’t think long-term regarding education. He also went into detail regarding security for students and their computers.
Each computer has security software that will allow us to track its location throughout the territory, even when the computer is turned off. We have thought about the safety of the students.” President Nayib Bukele.
The computer delivery program is a joint initiative between the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Innovation, and the First Lady’s Office.
This initiative is part of the National Connectivity Plan, which aims to ensure all public students have access to a computer and free internet.
These computers given by the Government have the Windows 10 system, the Classroom platform, and the Platzi system installed, which allows students to reach an advanced level of the English language.
262 Mobile Units Begin Delivering Computers
In late 2021, the Salvadoran Government began to accelerate the delivery of computers to students in the public education system.
mobile delivery units, 262 in total, began work to speed the process, one for each municipality in the country.
These mobile units will be located in town squares and parks, which would bring the delivery of laptops closer to students and parents.
We are advancing in a new concept of education; even during the pandemic, we are taking accelerated steps to make it a reality to leave generations with great technology tools and reduce that digital divide.” Carolina Recinos.
Government creates 19 technical support centers for computers given to students
The Deputy Minister of Education, Ricardo Cardona, announced on January 3rd, 2022, the creation of
19 technical support centers for computers delivered to students of the country’s public school system.
According to Cardona, the Government seeks to “guarantee the proper functioning of the computers.” In these centers, repairs will be done; also, spare parts will be kept to ensure the fast repair of computers.
We had the capability of repairing some of them with our maintenance service. But considering the number of computers delivered throughout the country. Around 19 support centers have been designed and are about to be set up in the whole country.”
These computers given by the Bukele administration allow students to have access to quality and up-to-date education. Many students have shown their gratitude for this digital tool.
I am very happy that the government is helping students with our classes. These tools will make it easier to communicate with teachers, between students, and do school research. It is greatly appreciated; in addition, it frees our parents from this expense since they don’t have to buy it.”
Comment by a Public School Student.