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Thank you both Alex and Michael. Alex is correct. The teachers had no training and still today have no training. Although these units (as I understand) will network with each other, for the most part there is little infrastructure in place to connect to the outside world via internet. In most of the poorer areas of the country (mountain and jungle regions) these laptops amount to nothing more than (wow that's a cool gadget) what does it do? Forget about the part where children learn much from their natural curiosity and are able to figure things out on their own. It's a great idea at the wrong time in the development of this country. Good intentions, bad timing. The government here certainly isnt going to provide connectivity. In many of the schools we work with, books aren't provided! The children are required to buy workbooks from the school (a copy of a real book) at a cost of between $7. - $ 10. That equates to a days wages for the father. There is little incentive for the parents to want to keep the child in school. The avg family size is 5.1 We learned early on that our efforts to provide some "basic teaching materials" to the teachers was not enough. We had to teach the teachers HOW to use those simple materials. Many of the teachers here have no certification or teaching degree ... but desperately want to learn and are concerned about the quality of education here and do appreciate any help they can get. In the past, education has been of little priority here but things are beginning to improve. I relinquish control of the soap box! thanks mac