EIB loans Turkey 50 million euro for IT infrastructure
The European Investment Bank (EIB), the European Union (EU)'s long-term financing institution, is providing a loan of up to €50 million in support of Information Technology (IT) classrooms in primary and basic education school facilities throughout Turkey.
The EIB loan is made available to the Republic of Turkey for the Turkish Ministry of National Education. This is the first EIB loan in Turkey under the new Facility for Euro-Mediterranean Investment and Partnership (FEMIP).
The project consists in providing 6,800 IT classrooms to about 5,100 primary or basic education schools - teaching grades one through eight. It supports the implementation of the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) strategy of the Basic Education Program of the Turkish Government.
During the first phase, the government provided 3,188 IT classrooms to 2,802 basic schools countrywide, with the support of loan-financing from the World Bank.
There are some 35,000 basic education schools in Turkey, which cater for over 10 million pupils. The ultimate goal is to establish at least one IT classroom in all 11,000 basic schools offering grades one through eight. —
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