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FATIH project distributes tablet PCs

February 17, 2014

ISTANBUL (CIHAN)- In a government-backed education project called the Movement to Increase Opportunities and Technology (FATIH), 100,000 tablet PCs were distributed on Monday to students and teachers across Turkey.

Speaking at the FATIH project ceremony held in Ankara, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the distribution of tablet PCs represents a historic moment in national education. "I thank the Ministry of Transportation, Maritime Affairs and Communications and the Ministry of Education for succesfully carrying out such a huge project. We are continuing to fundamentally change the educational infrastructure of Turkey," he said.

Minister of Education Nabi Yilmaz, Minister of Transportation, Maritime Affairs and Communications LÜtfi Elvan, Minster of Science, Industry and Technology Fikri Isik, Former Minister of Education Ömer DinÇer, Ankara Mayor Alaattin YÜksel and Justice and Development Party (AK Party) deputy chairmen Numan Kurtulmus and Salih Kapusuz and a number of teachers and students attended the ceremony, which was held in the Congresium Ankara International Convention and Exhibition Center.

The pilot phase of the project was launched with the delivery of about 12,000 tablet PCs and 1,496 smart boards to 52 schools across Turkey on the first day of the second term of the 2011-2012 academic year. Within the scope of the FATIH project, 675,000 tablet computers will have been distributed to students at select elementary, middle and high schools by March.

Erdogan also added that 350,000 interactive boards will be delivered to classrooms within 18 months. Speaking at the ceremony, Avci said the primary goal of the FATIH project is to provide opportunities for teachers to teach better. "[the project] provides chance opportunities that they could not imagine before," added the minister.

In August 2013, it was reported that an investigation was initiated due to corruption claims stemming mainly from overspending. The FATIH project had been at the top of Erdogan's agenda during his visit to Silicon Valley in the San Francisco Bay Area in May 2013. There, Erdogan was briefed on the latest developments in technology. He visited Microsoft and was welcomed by CEO Steve Ballmer, who briefed the prime minister on educational software.

(Cihan/Today's Zaman) CIHAN

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Source: Cihan News Agency (Turkey)

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