29 September 2005
Since the launch of the "Internet for Schools"(PPP-SiN) educational initiative by the federal government four years ago, Swisscom has been working in partnership with the EDK to provide Swiss schools with free access to the Internet. Meanwhile, 80 per cent of schools have taken advantage of the offer and now enjoy free, always-on, high-bandwidth access to the World Wide Web. On 29 September Swisscom and the Canton of Vaud connected the 4,000th Swiss school to the Internet: the Collège de la Cité in Chavornay.
For the Department for Education and Youth, "Internet for Schools" forms part of its "School and IT" project, the aim of which is to integrate new information and communications technologies in the curriculum so that all pupils can become fully acquainted with the new media. Another aim of the "School and IT" initiative is to ensure proper quality of the new teaching materials.
With the targeted introduction of IT tools in Switzerland's state schools, the Department wants to promote equality of opportunity irrespective of gender and across social and regional boundaries. The "School and IT" project is being coordinated with similar projects throughout the country with a view to providing online teaching materials for all teaching levels by 2006.
Swisscom sees its commitment in the educational sector as a long-term and valuable investment in Switzerland as a business location. The company is involved in many activities aimed at promoting the information society and by so doing is living up to its social responsibility. With the "Internet for Schools" initiative, Swisscom and the EDK are enabling children and young people to familiarise themselves with the use of new media such as the Internet. The offering is open to all primary schools, high schools and vocational schools in Switzerland.