New tech equipment going to public

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Costa Rican government plans to deliver free laptops, computer, tablets and other technological equipment as part of a national strategy to modernize some public centers throughout the country.

According to a statement by the Ministerio de Ciencia, Tecnología y Telecomunicaciones, over $8.4 million in tech equipment is being awarded to schools, Centros Comunitarios Inteligentes, nutrition centers and child daycare facilities will be among the beneficiaries.

Casa Presidencial said that the centers receiving the equipment will be institutions that have already had implemented the first stage of the program called Comunidades Conectados. This is part of the wider strategy to connect all of Costa Rica online known as the Estrategia CR Digital.

We must think of the internet as an allied tool for human development, because it is undoubtedly a right and therefore subject to its effective fulfillment for people,” said Ana Helena Chacón, the second vice president. “We want a Costa Rica connected, supportive and inclusive.”

The goal for the government is to use this strategy to improve the education sector in order to reduce poverty and generate better employment opportunities with access to these technologies. The spoils from the program, however, are expected to be delivered at the end of the administration of President Luis Guillermo Solís, the ministry said.

In total, the entire program expects to donate almost 40,000 devices to the tune of around $20 million.

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