Spain to provide laptops to all 10-year-old students

14th May 2009, Comments 0 comments

About 420,000 children in their fifth year of primary school will receive a laptop from the state in September.

Madrid – The Spanish government will provide all schoolchildren in their fifth year of primary education with a laptop computer from September, Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero announced Tuesday.

The initiative will affect some 420,000 children of about 10 years of age in the next school year, Zapatero said in a speech to parliament.

He also announced that the government would provide EUR 70 million to help unemployed people aged between 25 and 40 attend university for free.

Spain's unemployment rate has nearly doubled over the past year to reach 17.4 percent in the first quarter, the highest level in the 27-nation European Union and double that of the United States.

AFP / Expatica

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