Dig­i­tal push by Ti­bet’s smaller schools

China Daily (Canada) - - TIBET - By XIN­HUA

Small schools in South­west China’s Ti­bet Au­ton­o­mous Re­gion have “gone dig­i­tal”, mean­ing that all 63,600 of the coun­try’s small schools now have ac­cess to dig­i­tal teach­ing de­vices and re­sources.

Small schools, or the of­fi­cial term “teach­ing spots”, are seen by many as the weak­est link in China’s el­e­men­tary ed­u­ca­tion. Most are nes­tled in re­mote and moun­tain­ous ar­eas, are un­der­staffed and, as a re­sult, are of­ten un­able to of­fer all eight com­pul­sory sub­jects to el­e­men­tary-level stu­dents.

To en­sure ru­ral chil­dren have ac­cess to qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion, the ed­u­ca­tion and fi­nance min­istries ini­ti­ated a joint pro­gram in Novem­ber 2012 to in­stall in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy at all ed­u­ca­tion cen­ters.

Dur­ing the past two years, gov­ern­ment funds have fi­nanced the in­stal­la­tion of dig­i­tal satel­lite re­ceivers, com­put­ers, flat-screen TVs and elec­tronic white­boards, en­abling the small schools to uti­lize stan­dard­ized dig­i­tal teach­ing re­sources.

The pro­gram is chang­ing the ed­u­ca­tional land­scape.

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