[IAEP] Sugar Digest 2010-06-10

Walter Bender walter.bender at gmail.com
Thu Jun 10 16:50:27 EDT 2010

On Thu, Jun 10, 2010 at 4:41 PM, Christoph Derndorfer
<e0425826 at student.tuwien.ac.at> wrote:
> Am 10.06.2010 21:38, schrieb Daniel Drake:
>> On 10 June 2010 16:13, Christoph Derndorfer
>> <e0425826 at student.tuwien.ac.at> wrote:
>>> I hate to play devil's advocate here (naaa, not really;-) but one might
>>> argue that based on what little we know about OLPC in Peru, arguably the
>>> 2nd largest OLPC / Sugar project at the moment, this ("simply passing
>>> out XOs and getting out of children’s way.") is pretty much exactly what
>>> seems to be happening.
>> While the deployment info is less public (and less publicized?) than
>> most, and while like any deployment it faces a fair share of
>> challenges and difficulties, it's not like this.
> Glad to hear you're getting a good hands-on impression down there! :-)
> Out of curiosity: Which provinces are you visiting?
> From the information that I've gathered from Oscar Becerra, last year's
> interns and a researcher who spent several weeks in the Ancash area in
> 2008 and 2009 the difficulties that the project faces in Peru seem to be
> quite a bit more extensive than in other countries. Two of the most
> striking examples I've heard are that it often seems to take up to 3
> months for broken XOs to be repaired and that between 2008 and 2009 30%
> of the teachers in one province dropped out and their replacements
> didn't receive any XO / Sugar teacher training whatsoever.

Harsh realities intervene with best intentions, but to suggest that
Peru or any other OLPC deployment is 'dump and run' as Warschauer
suggests is misleading at best.


> But then again, I should have a clearer understanding of realities on
> the ground once I arrive in Lima in early August;-)
> Christoph,
> --
> Christoph Derndorfer
> co-editor, www.olpcnews.com
> e-mail: christoph at olpcnews.com

Walter Bender
Sugar Labs

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