An international city is looking to set the bar higher for governments in the US: The city of Medellin, which earlier was named the most innovative city of the year, has announced that it has committed over 100,000 computers to students in need.
The initiative, “Computadores Futuro”, will support low-income families gain access to much needed technology.
107,000 computers will be gifted.
Announced by Mayor of Medellín Daniel Quintero Calle, the initiative will help students across several dozen educational institutions.
“This is one of the most important and significant events of this administration, where we deliver a computer to each child in Medellín”, said Mayor Quintero.
“We do it because we believe in them, in their future, and because we think this is the way to build that future,” added the Mayor.
Medellin, once known for being a stronghold for the country’s drugs cartels, has excelled in recent years in increasing the mobility of citizens living in poor communities.
Said Education Secretary Juan David Agudelo Restrepo, “We have reached a milestone from the District of Science, Technology, and Innovation for the whole country: we have delivered over 107,000 computers throughout the public education network of Medellín.”
“It’s a fantastic opportunity for our children and young people to develop skills and competencies in the Fourth Industrial Revolution,” added the secretary.
Featured photo of Mayor of Medellín Daniel Quintero Calle