The Malta Independent 18 September 2019, Wednesday

Over 100 state schools and institutions to receive fibre internet connectivity

Jeremy Micallef Thursday, 11 July 2019, 11:35 Last update: about 3 months ago

Melita will be installing fibre technology in more than 100 state schools and educational institutions, Minister for Education Evarist Bartolo said today.

Melita CEO Harald Roesch said that this project will have an impact on the way children are educated by making teaching more engaging, adding that Melita has plans to make Malta the first country with full 5G coverage.

Speaking at the launch, Bartolo insisted that schools cannot keep operating like 19th century institutions, saying that this was a very important step.

The minister added that, being a small island in a big world, connectivity has always been crucial for our country – be it air or sea – particularly because our level of development has been relative to our connectivity.

“Moving ahead with connectivity and technology ensures that we prepare our young people for the world of tomorrow, which is actually already here.”

He did maintain that technology on its own will only do what we tell it do so, so the human factor remains important in this realm, particularly as the role of educators remains indispensable.

It was also added that this was not only an investment in infrastructure, but in the future of the country.

The total investment is to be €5.2 million spread across five years.

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