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Latvia plans to buy a computer for every pupil by 2025

A number of public officials signed a “Computer for Every Child” cooperation memorandum, which aims to provide an adequate computer for learning process to every pupil and teacher by 2025, the President's Chancellery said May 14.

“It's not just a simple purchase of computers, but it is a system where computers are purchased, changed after some time, maintenance is provided, and there are also opportunities for users to learn how to handle the computer,” President Egils Levits said.

The Memorandum of Cooperation was signed at Riga Palace by the President of Latvia Egils Levits, Minister for Education and Science Ilga Šuplinska (New Conservative Party), Minister for Environment and Regional Development, Arturs Toms Plešs (Development/For!), Minister of Finance Jānis Reirs (New Unity), Chair of the Saeima Sub-committee for Education, Culture and Science Arvils Ašeradens (New Unity) and Chairman of the Latvian Association of Local Governments Gints Kaminskis (Latvian Farmers Union). 

“The last year of learning has largely gone online, and we found that a significant percentage of children can't study because they don't have computers. We cannot allow this, so this memorandum is a commitment to set up a system for all children and teachers who need it to have their own computer,” the President said.

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