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Linux Journal: Thai Tales: Taking Computers to Schools

Apr 26, 2002, 03:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Frederick Noronha)

"Computers for schools and web sites for students. That's the dream of an ambitious project being promoted in Thailand, known as SchoolNet. This project has notched up some impressive figures (some 4300 schools connected to SchoolNet, with some 1500 having their own web sites).

"But that's only part of the story. How it worked its way to achieving its goal, including taking some bold steps like using the GNU/Linux free operating system to back up its plans, makes this project stand out from other ventures aimed at taking computers to schools.

"SchoolNet Thailand was launched by Bangkok's National Electronics and Computer Technology Centre (NECTEC) in 1995. Its goal: providing universal access to teachers and students. 'Or, more specifically, schools all over the country can access the network via a dial-up modem, using access number 1509, and pay only three baht [about $.07 US] per call,' says its promoters..."

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