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To bridge Peru’s digital divide, a robot hikes the Andes.

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A robot has taken over the classroom in a small Peruvian Andes village. Kipi the robot was created by a science and technology teacher and speaks Quechua as well as Spanish. Kipi is ensuring that students do not skip lessons that have been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Just 30% of the population of this 33 million-strong country has a reliable internet service, and rural areas lack electricity. This ensures that students would be unable to participate in simulated classes transmitted on radio and television by the Ministry of Education.

Teacher Walter Velásquez tells SciDev.Net, “Kipi was born because of the pandemic.” Velásquez is calling from Colcabamba, a district in the Huancavelica region that is nearly 3000 meters above sea level. The village is located in one of the most violent regions of the Peruvian Andes, and it serves as a crossroads for drug traffickers and the last remnants of the Shining Path rebel party.

stay tuned for the continuation of this intriguing tech real life story……….

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