Oracle UK is planning to adopt an 'NCs in schools' programme similar to that initiated by its US parent.
Before the end of the year, the UK arm expects to detail plans to donate network computers to schools. According to Phil Crawford, senior vice president of Oracle, the plan includes providing training and funding to help schools install and run NCs. The company is lobbying for funding and assistance from its partners.
In the US, Oracle chairman Larry Ellison set up Oracle's Promise Foundation to ?put NCs in every student?s satchel?.
Any UK foundation would join a multitude of schemes already under way to introduce technology, including PCs and the Internet, to schools. These include work by Microsoft and the government?s own Schools Online. Oracle is also a co-founding member of Project Connect, which aims to Web-up 300 schools - although this initiative has been very quiet since its launch a year ago.
Crawford said: ?We recognise we need to start the ball rolling, and we are prepared to help with funding.? He dismissed claims that the programme was a sign of Oracle playing a lone hand on education, insisting the NC plan would be an ?extension of Schools Online?.
Oracle would also offer schools video-based training on how to use technology and NCs.
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