COLLAB distinguished with the APDC / Siemens Innovation Award

2005 edition of «Computers for Schools» brought together the largest number of participants

COLLAB distinguished with the APDC / Siemens Innovation Award

2005 saw an increased mobilization of school and local communities around the second edition of the «Computers for Schools» initiative, promoted by Modelo hypermarkets, between October 3rd and December 31st, which again offered 500 computers, now delivered to the winning educational establishments. The number of participating schools grew by around 15 percent in 2005 compared to the previous year, says a press release.

Among educational establishments with computers in this second edition, 89 percent are public schools, 7.5 percent are private schools and 3.5 percent are directed to special education. Forty percent of the winning schools had already won a computer in the previous edition, which shows, according to Modelo Continente, «a high degree of commitment and organizational capacity».

Remember that educational institutions participate in this initiative «Computers for Schools» by collecting vouchers for purchases made at Modelo hypermarkets – one voucher for every 25 euros in purchases and each voucher is equivalent to one point. These vouchers are then addressed by customers (students, teachers, parents, friends, etc.) to the schools of their choice and deposited in the tômbolas that are found in those commercial spaces. The first 500 schools to collect 1,500 points automatically earn a computer each.

This year, non-winning schools that have collected more than 750 points can carry over the score obtained to the next edition of the initiative or receive a multifunction printer, leaving the remainder of the score for the next year, the organizers point out in the statement.

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