21 August 2001
Thanks to Schools on the Net each child should receive access to the World Wide Web. By enabling this to happen Swisscom is making a significant contribution towards technological advancement in Swiss schools. Children will be able to learn how to use the new media at an early stage. Media expertise is set to become an essential skill in the years to come.
Since July 2001 the Swiss state schools have been receiving the Swisscom Schools on the Net documentation in stages from cantonal education departments. This provides information on how a school should go about applying for broadband access to the Internet free of charge for an initial term of three years. In order to be able to profit from Swisscom´s initiative the following conditions must be met:
The interest shown to date by cantons and schools is very encouraging. Swisscom´s offer has met with a positive response. The cantons of Aargau, Graubünden, Luzern, Nidwalden, St. Gallen, Tessin and Zurich have already sent the documentation on to the schools. Within the first six weeks over 100 schools have applied for the project Schools on the Net. Further cantons are planning to send out documentation in the next few weeks. Swisscom is in negotiations with the remaining cantons. In the next few days the first schools in the cantons of Nidwalden and Zurich will be linked up. By the end of the year it is estimated that 500 to 1,000 schools will have Internet access sponsored by Swisscom.
The Schools on the Net press conference will take place as announced this morning at 9.30 a.m. in the grounds of Lerbermatt School, Kirchstrasse 79, 3098 Köniz. Jens Alder, Swisscom CEO and Rainer Huber, member of the Aargau cantonal government, will be amongst those taking part.
Further information can be found at: www.swisscom.com/sai
Schools can also find the contact point for their canton that is responsible for providing further information at this link.
Berne, 21 August 2001