(Translated from Se viene Florida, published by Pablo Flores on 7/05/2007.)
The next objective of the project is to expand to all of the department of Florida. This means giving computers to all its kids and teachers, as well as providing connectivity infrastructure in all its schools and in as many homes as possible.
I don't have the exact numbers now, but we are talking about more than 100 schools (many of them called "rural", with only one classroom and one teacher), about 500 teachers and 10,000 kids. The total population of Florida is close to 70,000, half of whom live in the capital city Florida, most of the rest live in smaller cities, and 12,000 live in rural areas.
Many things are going to be tried out for the first time (in Uruguay and in the world) when this expansion phase is finished. For the first time locations in a critical social context will be reached. Also, larger cities will be covered (Cardal has less than 2,000 inhabitants). The challenges are many.
From the educational point of view, a training meeting for the department's teachers is being organized for next week. Attending this event is voluntary, as it surely will be for all similar meetings. Given that many activities will be performed in the workshop modality, the openings are limited, but it is hoped that many will be interested in attending and the event will be repeated at different occasions.
This expansion is expected to be performed between August and September. For this, the bid will have had to have been adjudicated.
More information about Florida (in Spanish):
- Summary about the department.
- Local government webpage.
- Information from the National Institute of Statistics (to see the data you have to download a .exe!! :-( don't worry it's not a virus, by executing the file some excel spreadsheets are uncompressed).