Reducing the digital divide with free Wi-Fi at schools

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Telecom Cambodia aims to enhance access to the internet for students across the nation with a recently launched programme that seeks to equip high schools in the provinces with modern equipment, including free Wi-Fi.

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The programme follows a similar government initiative in May that made free Wi-Fi available in two parks in Phnom Penh: Samdach Hun Sen Park and Royal Palace Park.

Hun Sen Toul Khpos High School in Kampong Chhnang province will be the programme’s first beneficiary, but it will soon expand to include Hun Sen Kampong Leng High School in Kampong Chhnang and Ei Va Srong High School in Kampong Speu, according to Tram Iv Tek, the Minister of Posts and Telecommunications.

Speaking during the launch of the project last week, Mr Iv Tek said that the goal of the programme is to enhance access to academic resources online for students.

“We want to give students outside Phnom Penh a chance to use free Wi-Fi for academic purposes,” the minister said.

“Our goal is to reduce the digital gap between rural and urban students. We want to increase access to academic materials and qualified teachers for students in the villages,” Mr Iv Tek said.

As part of the same initiative, he said a room inside the Telecom Cambodia building in Phnom Penh has been equipped with computers and projectors for public use.

The programme is supported by the Korean Telecommunication Corporation, Mr Iv Tek added.

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