Some 486,500 laptops loaded with children's literature, educational software and digital cameras are headed to parts of Peru where impoverished students seldom even have their own text books. In rural Peru, "things are pretty primitive," said political scientist Henry Dietz, a University of Texas at Austin expert on Peru. "Electricity is a sometimes thing, and ... the school is four walls and a roof and some benches, and that is about it. There is very little there to work with."

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