Acer sole supplier for Chile educational project
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.