Acer sole sup­plier for Chile ed­u­ca­tional pro­ject

The China Post - - TAIWAN BUSINESS -

Tai­wan’s Acer Inc. ( ) said Wed­nes­day that it has been se­lected by Chile’s gov­ern­ment to be the sole sup­plier of note­books for the Latin Amer­i­can coun­try’s “Con­nected for Learn­ing” pro­ject this year.

The of­fi­cial pro­ject, funded by pri­vate foun­da­tion Junta Na­cional de Aux­ilio Es­co­lary Be­cas (JUNAEB) and Chile’s Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry, is the sec­ond phase of the coun­try’s “I Se­lect My PC” pro­gram de­signed to bridge the dig­i­tal di­vide that was launched in 2008.

Acer will pro­vide more than 75,000 of its As­pire E se­ries note­books to sev­enth grade stu­dents in Chile’s public schools, who will pay noth­ing to par­tic­i­pate in the pro­ject, the com­pany said in a state­ment.

In ad­di­tion to an Acer As­pire E se­ries notebook, the stu­dents will re­ceive a back­pack, track­ing soft­ware with anti-theft pro­tec­tion, Mi­crosoft Of­fice suite and one year of un­lim­ited In­ter­net ac­cess, ac­cord­ing to Acer. “As we em­bark on our fifth con­sec­u­tive year as a con­trib­u­tor to this suc­cess­ful pro­gram, we’re de­lighted to have been se­lected as the sole notebook provider for the sec­ond phase that ex­tends to all sev­enth graders,” said Jorge Tunon Su­ber­caseaux, gen­eral man­ager of NetNow, which is Acer’s dis­trib­u­tor in Chile.

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