The Ministry of People’s Power for Education will distribute 350,000 laptops to schools throughout the nation to initiate Project Canaima, begining Wednesday, September 16.
Juan Carlos Gonzalez, president of the Ministry of Education’s Bolivarian Foundation for Computer Science and Telematics, made the announcement.
On Wednesday Gonzalez visited Aragua state (central north of the country) to supervise the training of first grade teachers in 53 schools selected for the project.
The training began Monday, and was held in the states of Miranda, Aragua, and the Capital District. Gonzalez called the teacher training plan a success.
He explained that the first phase of this new project to incorporate communication and information technology in the classroom begins September 16 with 50,000 computers in the first grade classrooms, while the second phase will begin on November 15 with 100,000.
“Subsequently, the third phase will begin January 15, 2010 with 100,000 computers and the fourth and final phase on March 15 with another 100,000, for a total of 350,000 educational laptops covering first through third grade,” said Gonzalez.
Gonzlaez announced that in the second stage of Project Canaima, the program will be expanded to one million computers and initiate a technological program from first to sixth grade.
This project, promoted by the president of the Republic, Hugo Chavez Frias, and the Minister of People’s Power for Education, Hector Navarro, allows the introduction of technology in the classroom, with the initial phase in first and second grade, and later in third grade.
Gonzalez emphasized that the students will have laptop computers at their desks which are connected to a network with the teacher, and programs and applications will be installed that let teacher manage the activities of each student.
“The contents installed in the educational computers are contextualized for our national reality and cover the established first grade curriculum. The teachers will be able to utilize this tool as a learning resource,” he added.
Bolivarian News Agency, Press Unit of the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela / September 10, 2009