TALLINN - By 2022, all IT infrastructure of Estonian general education and vocational schools will be renovated -- the updating of the schools' internal networks will be supported with 8.27 million euros.
"High-speed internet access and a school IT network that meets the needs and requirements of the digital age and the e-state are key technical prerequisites for using digital learning resources in learning and teaching," Minister of Education and Research Mailis Reps said. "Over the last three years, the internal networks of 154 schools were renovated, and in the next four years, the networks of the remaining Estonian schools will be renovated. By the end of 2022, all Estonian general education and vocational schools will have state-of-the-art network solutions," the minister added.
The renovation has been divided into two stages -- this year and next year, a total of 164 general education and vocational school networks will be established or upgraded, and all other Estonian schools with sustainable infrastructure will be renovated in 2021-2022. The support is a continuation of the modernization of the IT infrastructure of schools that started already in 2016.
The update is planned with the Information Technology Foundation for Education (HITSA), which will contact the schools that are part of the first stage of the program. The support is financed with the help of the European Social Fund.