In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, many polish students and teachers found themselves unable to pursue education online due to a lack of equipment and training.
Two ESF-funded projects have helped Poland overcome this ‘digital divide’.
• With a total budget of over €25 million – nearly half-funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) – the “Support for children placed in foster care during the COVID-19 epidemic” project coordinated the provision of IT equipment (including laptops, desktops, software and audio-visual equipment) and interactive software for remote learning. The project also focused on increasing children’s safety in light of COVID through the provision of personal protection equipment – including masks, gloves and disinfectant – as well equipping quarantine/isolation rooms for foster care children. Through the project, thousands of children were given access to computers and multimedia equipment – allowing for meaningful education to continue despite the COVID-19 pandemic.
• To follow up on this success, the "Supporting teacher training institutions and pedagogical libraries in the implementation of tasks related to the preparation and support of teachers in conducting education at a distance” project was launched in August 2020. Running until December 2021, the ESF co-financed project will continue to provide IT equipment for teacher training centres and libraries. The project will also give critical IT training to teachers and staff – allowing them to use these tools to their full capacity. Ultimately, around 32 000 teachers will benefit through resources available on the Integrated Educational Platform funded by the ESF.
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