Peru's head of educational technology, Oscar Becerra, is betting the OLPC program can reverse the rural exodus to Lima's shantytowns four hours away. It's the best answer yet to "a global crisis of education" in which curricula have no relevance, he said. "If we make education pertinent, something the student enjoys, then it won't matter if the classroom's walls are straw or the students are sitting on fruit boxes."

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