Children in Peru Discovering a New Future
On a chilly evening in Luquia, Peru, Alejandra watches as her son Justo Miguel sits outside their house, his face illuminated by the light from his XO. "This computer is going to be a very good thing for learning." Photo by Jeffery Salter.
Seven-year-old Idelma types "Idelma ama a mamá" into her XO, and wiggles with pleasure as the computer's voice read her sentence back. Her teacher Inga:, "This really motivates them, and makes it easier for kids to advance at their own pace."
Weeks after getting his laptop, a fifth-grader who is the youngest of seven children of subsistence farmers takes it everywhere. "I like the math games, and I love the camera."
Two girls read together in a field in Peru.
Students take photos and recordings for a class science project in Peru. Teachers report their students' reading comprehension has improved significantly, the drop-out rate is down, and students who once said they expected to be farmers like their parents are now dreaming of becoming lawyers, accountants, or engineers.