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Pakistan Govt. to introduce education through computers in primary schools

Pakistan Government is planning to introduce education through computers in all government primary schools in a period of five years.

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IT Department of Sindh and MCB Bank has signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Intel Pakistan to provide computers at all primary-level schools. Government has already provided computer labs in 60 percent of government high schools. This MoU will increase the ICT skills among students.

Malaysian ministry launching programme to turn schools smart

The Education Ministry will launch efforts to strengthen national schools focusing on the programme to make them smart with information and communication technology (ICT) initiatives.

Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said the programme, the third thrust of the Education Development Masterplan, would also pay attention to the strengthening and rebranding of all 88 smart schools. It involved efforts to equip all schools with the infrastructure, tools, software and applications, teachers’ training, and a suitable and sufficient transformation programme.

Six schools to be chosen for FutureSchools@Singapore initiative

By June this year, six schools will be selected in Singapore to be pioneering models of how information and communication technology (ICT), can make for an engaging digital learning environment.

This is under the Education Ministry’s FutureSchools@Singapore initiative which aims to help students learn through creative and innovative ways in a world dominated by information technology.

Malaysia-Indonesia pact in higher education

Malaysia and Indonesia agreed to set up a joint committee involving Malaysian university vice-chancellors and the rectors of major Indonesian universities as a first step in enhancing cooperation in tertiary education.

The committee would meet once a year in arranging the pact, which would include exchange programmes involving students and lecturers, joint research and training at the doctorate level for Indonesian lecturers in Malaysia. Indonesia plans to raise the academic qualifications of 138,000 of its lecturers to the Master’s and Ph.D levels in the next 10 years, and Malaysia has been identified as one such place for the purpose.

Philippines, the first country in Intel’s e-learning project

Philippines will become the first recipient country for multi-million dollar Intel Microelectronics’e-learning project, which is aimed to provide a holistic learning environment in public high schools.

Intel’s ICT for Education project would be in partnership with the Department of Education (DEPED), Gearing Up Internet Literacy and Access for Students (GILAS) and the Foundation for IT Education and Development (FIT-ED). The ICT for Education project will be under the Intel World Ahead programme, which is designed to provide computers, Internet access and educational content to schools worldwide. Specific programs will be the Intel’s ‘Teach to the Future Programme’, DEPED’s PCs for Public Schools and GILAS’s donation of Internet connectivity to public schools. Teach to the Future Programme has already trained 74,000 teachers in the Philippines with another 7,000 to be trained by the end of the year, while GILAS has provided Internet connection to over 1,000 high schools.

All public schools in Kenya to embrace ICT by 2008

The Government says it has spent over 200 million shillings for Information Communication Technology programmes in 142 secondary schools in Kenya in this financial year, and expects to bring in ICT in all public schools by 2008.

The money was used to buy ICT equipment for selected schools in 71 districts.  All the 4,000 public schools are expected to join the information technology by the end of next year.  Of the 400 secondary schools that have been equipped, 39 have wireless Internet access.

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