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The donation is part of an assistance project with the government valued at $45,500.
 - UNICEF photo -

Published Thursday, February 18, 2021

UNICEF donates computers valued
at $45,500 to students

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
UNICEF, also known as the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund, donated 77 laptops to high school students in the northern zone of the country, with the intention to motivate them to finish their studies.

According to UNICEF, the donation is part of an assistance project with the government valued at $45,500.

The students in high schools in the cantons of Los Chiles, San Carlos, Guatuso and Upala, were selected from a list of 86,000.

“The organization will support Costa Rica in its efforts to empower children, adolescents and youth to have the capacities and skills for life, with access to quality education that allows them to enter the labor market of the future, contribute with their ideas, their leadership and their optimism towards the consolidation of an inclusive, equitable and supportive country,” Patricia Portela, UNICEF representative in Costa Rica said.

According to statistics from the Ministry of Education, at the beginning of the pandemic they registered 215,000 students living in poverty without internet access in their homes.

Currently, through the “Connected Homes” program, a bonus is given on the purchase price of Internet service at a speed of 5 Mbps and a laptop is delivered to the students of public schools.

The northern zone is one of the regions of the country that presents one of the slowest lags in digital connectivity, according to the ministry. Lack of internet access has impacted attendance in 39 schools across that region.

What should authorities do to improve internet access and technology for public school students?  We would like to know your thoughts on this story. Send your comments to

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