MEP announces plan for accessible technology in rural areas

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    The project aims to equip rural students and teachers with computers, connect them to the Internet, and provide training.

    Schools in rural areas will be first to benefit from the technology access programs developed by the Costa Rican Government.

    Greater connectivity to the Internet and computers for students are two things on the menu of proposals to be implemented with some of the $176 million to enter the National Telecommunications Fund (Fonatel), from the award of the two cellular frequencies.

    Although the Government has not said how much of that money will be invested in schools nor exactly what the proposed programs are, they have said that rural areas will take priority.

    “In the first stage, we want to use technology to close the gaps in the most dispersed areas,” said Mario Morales, vice minister of Institutional Planning, Ministry of Public Education (MEP).

    In addition to training the students and teachers on the new technology, there are plans in place to train the parents as well.

    “We have to educate the parents so that they can work with their children and the students can come prepared to class,” said Campos.

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