Digital Education Why Uruguay's Schoolchildren Are Doing So Well in the Pandemic

Every child gets a laptop from the state, along with online teaching material and animated school books: Uruguay shows how it's done when it comes to digital education.
By Nicola Abé in São Paulo
Elementary school student Amelia, 7, doing her school work in a park in Montevideo, using a tablet supplied to her by the government.

Elementary school student Amelia, 7, doing her school work in a park in Montevideo, using a tablet supplied to her by the government.

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Leandro, 10, working on his tablet at home in Montevideo

Leandro, 10, working on his tablet at home in Montevideo

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Startup founders Frederico Bello and Nicolas Pereyra at an awards ceremony at the University of San Diego

Startup founders Frederico Bello and Nicolas Pereyra at an awards ceremony at the University of San Diego

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Seven-year-old Francisco and his father completing school exercises outdoors

Seven-year-old Francisco and his father completing school exercises outdoors

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Uruguay isn't just satisfied with providing laptops or tablets to all schoolchildren, but is also developing digital teaching materials.

Uruguay isn't just satisfied with providing laptops or tablets to all schoolchildren, but is also developing digital teaching materials.

Foto: Tali Kimelman / DER SPIEGEL

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