A computer for every child
The Government of the Republic of Macedonia, in order to increase the efficiency of the educational process, implemented the project A Computer for every Child. It is the largest investment in the education in the last 17 years. With this project, 17.818 Personal Computers, 98.710 LCD monitors, 98.710 keyboards and mice and 80.892 thin-clients have been provided for elementary and high schools throughout Macedonia.
The goal of this project is increasing the level of computer and internet usage, thus improving the information and technological skills of the students, as well as the ones of their teachers. This project enables the students to learn the curriculum in an environment and way that meet the standards of the modern information society. The goal is facilitating the possibility to access educational digital contents and information which can be found in the global internet network. This project will be continuously upgraded, in order to keep the students and teachers up to date with new technologies.
Additionally, in order to more efficiently conduct the computerization of schools, Internet connections have been made in all schools throughout Macedonia and internet connection for all elementary and high schools has been provided.
Thus, the Government is making efforts to bring information technology closer to the students and to increase the number of operational computers among the younger generation, which in terms of this project is keeping the pace with their contemporaries in the developed countries.
Towards its commitments for developing the education, the Government of the Republic of Macedonia is not paying attention only to elementary and high school education, but it has realized the necessity of higher education institutions that will feature student curricula compliant with the modern trends of information societies. Towards this end the University of Information Technologies has been formed, as well as stimulation programs for decreasing the brain drain have been implemented. There are 7 Faculties and 2 Institutes within this University: Faculty of computer sciences and engineering, Faculty of networks and communication technologies, Faculty of information society technologies, Faculty for media technologies, Faculty of information systems and services, Faculty of biometric engineering, Faculty of Robotics, Institute of applied sciences and technologies and Institute for wireless research.
The development of the education in the field of information technologies in the elementary and high schools will enable the creation of a quality workforce which with its scientific and expert activity will contribute in improving the quality of life in Macedonia. Additionally, this will enable the creation of conditions for attracting investments and creating a favorable climate for the formation of new high technology companies, and thus creating new jobs.