[IAEP] Sugar Numbers

Sora Edwards-Thro sora at unleashkids.org
Sat May 16 22:28:51 EDT 2015

In Haiti, OLPC sent laptops to four towns: Kenscoff, Lascahobas, Thomazeau,
and Jacmel. I've visited three of them to try and figure out what happened
to the XOs. Here's what I found:


On Sat, May 16, 2015 at 6:26 AM, Sebastian Silva <sebastian at fuentelibre.org>

> On 15/05/15 21:44, Dan Tenason wrote:
> laptop.org states that about 900,000 XOs are in Peru. I was wondering if
> Mr. Silva, who is active in Peru, is willing to comment on the number of
> laptops in daily use in Peru.
> Perhaps like Adam, I am first and foremost a volunteer, who has been often
> critical of central government deployment.
> There was a wide, official survey in 2013, whose results summary are
> available here <http://educaciontic.perueduca.pe/?p=810> [1].
> On page 21 it says:
> Laptop Educativa Primaria:  64% operative, 36% inoperative     *(XO-1 in
> rural schools)*
> Laptop Educativa Secundaria: 71% operative, 29% inoperative *(XO-1.5 in
> towns, without Sugar)*
> The machines themselves have proven quite durable. Two pages later, 52 and
> 53 percent of respondents state that the cause for inoperativeness was
> "deprogrammed/deconfigured". Personally, I attribute this to the misguided
> DRM locking mechanism (wrongly called "security"). I can't think of another
> practical way to "unconfigure" a laptop to the point of it being
> inoperative. This is my informal perception from the field as well: The
> main reason laptops aren't used is this locking mechanism.
> Our own (SomosAzucar+SugarLabs Platform Teams) first version
> grassroots-community driven operating system update, which was distributed
> officially by the Ministry in 2014, has a monitoring mechanism that is able
> to tell us how many machines have been installed which have ever been
> online on the Internet. At this time there are over 27300 laptops who have
> ever called home. Considering low connectivity penetration, and the fact
> that this OS is aimed only at primary, rural schools, we are quite pleased
> with the adoption of this project.
> Certainly it is still possible to have a massive impact in Peru, thru
> these laptops. Our own volunteer efforts are aiming at setting up a
> permaculture station/learning laboratory in the rainforest region, where we
> can have a place to experiment and work with volunteers in the field, with
> different kinds of technologies applied to the environment and common good
> [2].
> Our logic is, the value of the project is not the the sum of value of each
> individual equipment, it is potentially the value of a network of children
> who have cameras and connectivity at their disposal. What is the value of a
> network of children, actively sharing information about their surroundings?
> It is not measurable, I think. This is the inspiration that continues to
> fuel our efforts, regardless of the hardware.
> As a technical volunteer in the field, my time is of a lot of value,
> especially since we are in the middle of an expedition.
> So I would ask you to share more about your own project so that we can
> better give you relevant information and try to help you be useful to the
> ecosystem.
> Regards,
> Sebastian
> [1] http://educaciontic.perueduca.pe/?p=810
> [2] http://pe.sugarlabs.org/ir/ClaVi
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