Welsh Government announces 39m spend on broadband for schools

Published in News on Tuesday January 15th, 201312

Schools across Wales will benefit from a 39 million investment to boost broadband, the Welsh Government has announced.

The new Learning in Digital Wales Grant will ensure learners have access to faster, high-quality and reliable broadband connections.

The investment will see an initial 27m capital funding for local authorities to upgrade internet connections in their schools.

Councils will also be able to provide their primary and special schools with 10,000 and their secondary schools with 20,000 to improve ICT infrastructure and purchase ICT hardware to support teaching and learning.

First Minister Carwyn Jones said: We want Wales to be a world leader in digital learning, therefore we need to be able to offer our schools fast, consistent and reliable broadband services

This investment will ensure that, by 2014, primary and secondary schools in Wales will have access to safe and secure world-class broadband services needed to deliver a world-class digital education.

The grant funding represents a major step forward in changing the way schools use digital technologies, widening access and driving up standards of performance across the board.

Education Minister, Leighton Andrews said: Schools across Wales have told us of the difficulties they have experienced in accessing online resources due to varying degrees of broadband connectivity.

This is even more frustrating considering that many schools have the plans, equipment and enthusiasm to offer a high standard of digital education to their pupils.

This new funding will allow pupils and teachers to make full use of the online tools and resources provided by Hwb, our new digital learning platform for all learners aged three to 19 in Wales, and also create and host their own local secure learning platforms.

This investment demonstrates our commitment to create world-class resources for Welsh schools.

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