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PROBE: Delivering Broadband to Rural Schools
Institution: Ministry of Education
Ministry of Economic Development
Theme: Information Access, Government Portal, Citizens’ Service Delivery, E-Government
Implementation Date: ene 01, 2001
Summary: The Project PROBE (Provincial Broadband Extension) has been developed jointly by the Ministry of Education (MoE) and the Ministry of Economic Development. The project’s objective is to roll out broadband to all schools and communities that do not have access to broadband communications and secondly to encourage competition in broadband telecommunications outside the metropolitan centres. Project PROBE is an enabler, not a solution in itself. It will be up to potential users to learn from others and make the most of the opportunities that high speed Internet access can provide.
Impact: Project PROBE makes a substantial contribution to delivering the Government’s goal of high-speed Internet access being available to all New Zealand schools and communities. Internet access helps students to become ‘digitally literate’, self-directed, life-long learners. Broadband access enables teaching and learning to become more effective and school administration more efficient. Learning is helped by equitable access to Internet resources, communication and other online tools. Professional development opportunities for teachers are also enhanced.
Source: Network Government in New Zealand
Project Home URL: http://www.minedu.govt.nz/index.cfm?layout=document&documentid=7887&data=l
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