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Kim Howells, lifelong learning minister, has welcomed the launch of UK NetYear - a major public-private sector init...
Kim Howells, lifelong learning minister, has welcomed the launch of UK NetYear - a major public-private sector initiative designed to help schools obtain and use modern information and communications technology for teaching and learning.

Dr Howells said:

'The government's focus on education is well- documented.

Today's schoolchildren are tomorrow's workforce and we need to bridge

the divide between education and work. The skills for accessing

information and sharing knowledge are needed throughout life.

'We have announced plans for a National Grid for Learning. This

will enable schools to connect to libraries, museums, galleries and

other schools, allowing children to tap into the educational material

available nationally and internationally.

'Despite the fact that Britain leads the world in equipping

schools with information technology, there still remains a large gap

between the current levels of information technology in schools and

the requirements to make the National Grid work. UK NetYear will,

with other initiatives, play an important part in transforming our

vision into a reality'.

UK NetYear aims to help teachers make effective use of Internet

resources. This initiative will, by assisting schools to become

Internet aware, and providing training, play an important role in

realising the government's plans to have all schools, colleges and

universities connected to the National Grid for Learning by 2002.

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