ANNEX 2.2 Definition of Targets

In general, the NSCP will seek to connect schools to broadband networks as a first choice, and other Internet access where broadband is not available. In addition, the NSCP should also consider alternative solutions such as m-learning or the use of e-readers to promote the introduction of ICTs in education.

The NSCP shall bear in mind the country’s infrastructure challenges, but shall also appreciate the opportunities presented by a liberalized ICT sector, where this is the case. The NSCP shall take a technology-neutral approach.

The financing of school connectivity is a key challenge in many countries. Matching the targets and objectives of a school connectivity plan and aligning them with a realistic budget that is fundable is central to the sustainability of any NSCP. It is, therefore, proposed that school connectivity be financed through a combination of government, agency, private-sector and donor funding. Schools will also need to apply for and provide a level of funding either independently, through the school organization, or through the local school authority.

Targets shall be based on an analysis of the local ICT market, the demand for ICTs in the education sector and other factors, including pricing, policy, and availability of products and services. Targets may include:

  • In the short/medium/long term:,

o Determining which schools are to have some form of ICTs in education integration, and in which areas those schools will be located;

o Determining the number and types of schools that will have Internet access, computer labs or mobile computer labs.

Assumptions may have been made and actions foreseen which are required to calculate and estimate costs for the different phases. These may include:

1. Availability of fixed, wireless and VSAT networks in urban, rural, un-served and under-served areas;

2. Types of equipment to be allotted to each installation – for example, one fully equipped computer lab per school, with 20 computers per lab and one mobile computer lab (i.e., a rolling table with one laptop, a projector and a printer);

3. Costs of teacher and maintenance staff training

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