UNDP gives technological boost to schools in Albania

20 Jul 2009

A UNDP-supported "e-School" programme in Albania is providing the country’s primary and secondary schools with modern computer labs, high-speed, reliable internet access and training in the information technology skills that are crucial to thrive in a world that is increasingly global and complex.

As a result of the programme, 379 high schools and 800 elementary schools have been equipped with computer labs. More than 1,600 teachers have been trained in new, modern ICT curricula, and a comprehensive Web site has been developed that provides educational material and support for all connected schools.

Leonik Tomeo Secondary School is one of those schools. More than 950 students and teachers have benefitted from new equipment and related training. Along with Internet access, students are learning useful programs that are applicable in a highly competitive job market, such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Photoshop. Using these tools, students are now producing a school newspaper while, as one student put it, joining the rest of the world’s teenagers on the Internet.

The initiative, which began in 2005, has been thriving thanks to additional financial support from the World Bank and a number of private and public donors, including Western Union Corporation, the Albanian Banking Association and UFO, a private university. More than 450,000 students and 25,000 teachers have already benefitted from the programme.