Dr Howells said:
'The government's focus on education is well- documented.
Today's schoolchildren are tomorrow's workforce and we need to bridge
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.