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Netd@ys Europe 1997

Within the framework of the implementation of the Action Plan "Learning in the Information Society", the European Commission is organizing a Europe-wide event, to take place from 18 to 25 October 1997, entitled Netd@ys Europe 1997.

Based on a concept which originated in the U...

18 October 1997 - 18 October 1997
 
Within the framework of the implementation of the Action Plan "Learning in the Information Society", the European Commission is organizing a Europe-wide event, to take place from 18 to 25 October 1997, entitled Netd@ys Europe 1997.

Based on a concept which originated in the United States, the objectives of the first European "Netd@ys" will be:

- To develop awareness-raising and promotional activities around existing electronic networks of schools, whether at national, regional or local level, in order to stimulate similar experiences in other countries, regions or cities within the European Union;

- To use the Netd@y experience in order to inform and raise the awareness of interested parties (schools, academies, public authorities, businesses) of the advantages of networks, by enhancing their educational or operational value through the Internet (exchange of ideas, products and programmes; training of teachers; joint designing of products;

- To promote the exchange of information or good practices in order to stimulate activities of common interest (such as combating drug abuse, racism or violence at schools);

- To implement between five and ten Internet-related networks/projects in each Member State, by developing potential synergies between the three categories of participants (schools, public authorities, businesses), and by stimulating, wherever possible, public/private partnerships.

The key practical involvement of business or institutional partners will consist, as in the American experience, in actually connecting classrooms to the Internet. In essence, Netd@y is intended to work towards the objective of having a LAN (Local Area Network) infrastructure in one classroom in five, as well as in the school's computer lab or library.

Netd@ys Europe is aimed at primary and secondary schools, including technical schools and vocational training institutions. Universities and research centres will be involved in the practical setting up and implementation of the networks. Schools which are involved in transnational projects within the framework of the SOCRATES Programme (and more particularly the COMENIUS sub-programme) will be a target public of Netd@ys Europe. The nature of their projects, their links with partners in the local environment and their collaborative work with schools in other Member States will provide practical examples of good practice and ensure that they contribute genuine European added-value to the Netd@ys operation.

All above-mentioned actions will be conducted within the perspective of developing a European network of schools, as foreseen by the first line of action of the Commission's Action Plan. The European Commission will support the operation, by co-funding the promotion activities which will accompany the effective connection of schools to the Internet. Commission funding will be available through various programmes, developed by DG III (Industrial affairs), DG XIII (Telecommunications, Information Market and Exploitation of Research) and DG XXII (Education, Training and Youth), as well as by the Information Society Project Office (ISPO).
For further information, please contact:

European Commission
DG XXII - Education, training and youth
Jimmy Jamar / Alain Dumort
Sector "New Technologies"
200 rue de la Loi
B-1049 Brussels
Tel. +32-2-2952082; Fax +32-2-2967012
E-mail: joseph.jamar@dg22.cec.be

Additional information will also be made available on the Netd@ys Europe Web site, the address for which will be announced shortly. In the meantime, those interested can consult the DG XXII "Netd@ys" site at:

http://europa.eu.int/en/comm/dg22/netdays/home.html

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