Plans to Connect Schools to the Internet in different Countries
NB: Notions of what a "networked school" is vary considerably.
African Internet Connectivity
(no particular focus on schools, but site that summarizes many African
http://www.schoolnet.ca/home/e/index.html is part of "Connecting Canadians"
All Cannadian schools (as well as libraries and other institutions) shall be
connected to the Internet by March 2001. A joint effort by governments,
educational institutions and private companies.
The initiative Schools Online
http://www.san-ev.de/ by the German Ministry of Research and
Education, Deutsche Telekom and other sponsors has connected about 12
500 schools (out of 44 000 alltogether) up to March 1999
all German schools shall be connected until 2001.
The Taiwanese MOE has the objective to connect all schools until the
end of 1999. Regional Centers (mostly big universities) care for the
Internet connection, sytem administration, (more or less compulsory) teacher
training etc. Budget around 2 Billion US$. (information by Ms Wu
Mei-Hua and Prof. Yuan Shyan-Ming, Nagoya 01/08/1999)
For additional information cf.
- "National Grid for Learning"
As part of the British government initiative 'Computers for All'
(alltogether US$ 2.7 billion) 32,000 schools will be connected to the
Internet by 2002. US$ 32 million shall be spent for teachers access
from home. In each community computer learning centers are to be
(cf. "UK Launches 'Computers For All' Programme"
- Private initiative "UK NetYear"
Number of Children Online
Computer Economics estimates that 26.8 million youths under the age of
18 worldwide will have Internet access by 2001, and 77 million by 2005.
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