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* Ericsson partnering with Entel to deploy Connect To Learn in Chile
* Rural Chilean students and their teachers benefit from connectivity toa 21(st) century education through a cloud-based computing solution andmobile broadband technology
* Program for online cultural exchange is also implemented, bringingteachers and students together with global peers
Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) and Entel announce the launch of Connect To Learn,aninitiative that offers quality education for rural students, in threeschools inChile that previously did not have access to technology in education.Connect ToLearn in partnership with Millennium Promise and the Earth Institute atColumbiaUniversity is using the latest technology to improve educationalopportunitiesfor rural students, especially girls.
Through Connect To Learn, mobile broadband connectivity has beenimplemented inthe Arturo Prat Chacón secondary school as well as two primaryschools, alllocated in rural Ninhue, in the Bío Bío Region of southern Chile.The program inthe Arture Prat Chacón school also includes online educationalresources, acloud-computing solution in a low-maintenance and easy-to-use model andrelevanttraining for teachers. The technology deployed gives students and teachersaccess to 21st-century educational tools and resources, and the ability toconnect to other schools around the world to foster collaborative learning,cross-cultural understanding and global awareness.
Manuel Araya, Corporate Affairs Manager, Entel, says, "With Connect ToLearn,students and teachers benefit from access to global news, information andthelatest educational content, and can collaborate with fellow students andteachers around the world, despite their remote location."
Entel is providing optimized 3G connectivity to the selected schools toensuregood connectivity, as well as free Internet connections.
Carla Belitardo, Head of Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility,EricssonLatin America, says, "This initiative demonstrates our commitment toenablingour vision for a Networked Society in Chile and in Latin America. Mobilebroadband is a key enabler for access to a quality education in allcommunities,even the most rural. Delivering cloud-based computing services andconnectingthem is a major step toward bringing quality education."
Since 2010, Connect To Learn has been deployed to help students in Ghana,Kenya,Tanzania, Uganda, Brazil Senegal and Djibouti helping students accessqualitylearning resources for a 21st-century education.
Through Connect To Learn, Entel and Ericsson are also introducing School-To-School Connections, a flagship program, pioneered by co-founders MillenniumPromise and the Earth Institute. High school students at the Juan deMairenaInstitute in San Sebastian de los Reyes, Spain, created their very ownglobalclassroom, connecting through a video call session with students fromArturoPrat Chacón High School, located in Ninhue, southern Chile, as part oftheSchool-To-School Connections partnership program facilitated by the ConnectToLearn initiative.
The program connects classrooms in rural and urban communities around theworldto foster cross-cultural learning and cultivate global awareness,understanding,and collaboration.
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