An IT industry-backed initiative to bring the Internet to schools will be announced on Tuesday by Lord Renwick of the National Council for Educational Technology and Tony Scrivens, general manager of Oracle.
The initiative, called Project Connect, is headed by an independent organisation supported by 30 computer and communications vendors and backed by private and public finance. It aims to bring Internet access to 300 UK primary and secondary schools by September 1997.
The launch follows the completion of a two-year pilot scheme involving seven schools in Northampshire and Leicester.
Paul Martin, chief executive of Project Connect, commented: ?We are confident that we now have the right technical offering - including the products and support services - and that we have tested the educational value of the Internet. Our objective today is to broaden the support for this initiative by attracting additional contributions for the project?s charitable fund.?
The project will also outline its 10-point 'Charter for Education in the Information Age'. It is expected to call for minimum national standards of IT literacy for school leavers, and ask for cooperation between industry, government and education in support for this initiative.
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