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Portugal's eEscola Project

Portugal's eEscola Project

How one medium-sized European country provided every student with
 a laptop, connectivity, and free educational content
 -- and what has happened as a result

10 May 2012
4:00 - 5:30 pm (reception to follow)
World Bank Executive Gallery
12th floor
The World Bank
1818 H St., NW
Washington, DC 20433

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Over the past decade, Portugal has rolled out a far-reaching set of related initiatives to:

  • invest in a comprehensive program for educational 'transformation' to help improve education through the widespread introduction of new technologies, low-cost laptops, broadband connectivity, educational content, and related training and support
  • create a local, sustainable economic model to fuel local job creation in local IT industries and expand international trade opportunities
  • explore new sorts of public-private partnerships to help lower the costs of acquiring and sustaining new technologies across broad segments of Portuguese society

The Portuguese experience offers rich lessons for countries seeking to 'transform' their education systems and develop local IT-related industries through a set of innovative initiatives and partnerships between government, industry and educational institutions.

The potential for the introduction of a variety of new technologies to help improve education has been long recognized, but the history of such investments around the world has been decidedly mixed.  Few countries have moved as quickly -- and comprehensively -- as Portugal in its efforts to provide all students with laptops, connectivity, and free educational content as part of a larger initiative to help fuel economic development and transform society.

Please join us as we welcome representatives from the public sector, private companies and civil society involved in this project since its inception, as well representatives from the Portuguese embassy in Washington, to explore what has worked, what hasn't, how much it has cost, and what has been the impact on student learning, teacher professional development, economic opportunity, and civic engagement.

Presentation by Mario Franco [5.4mb]


Welcoming remarks:
 • Nuno Mota Pinto, Alternate Executive Director for Italy, Portugal, Greece, Albania, Malta, San Marino, Timor-Leste, The World Bank
 • Elizabeth King, Education Sector Director, The World Bank

Featured presenter:
 • Mario Franco, President, Foundation for Mobile Communications

Featured comments:
 • His Excellency Nuno Brito, Ambassador of Portugal to the United States

 • Mario Franco, President, Foundation for Mobile Communication
 • Elizabeth King, Education Sector Director, The World Bank
 • Brian G. Gonzalez, Director, Global Education Sector Intel Corporation
 • Daniel Adrião, Board Director, E.XAMPLE consortium
 • Michael Trucano, Sr. ICT & Education Specialist, The World Bank (moderator)

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