School digital pact: Frankfurt and Hamburg want to call funds


With almost 50 million euros from the digital pact, all Frankfurt schools are to be equipped with wireless internet and new laptops and tablets. The city government has agreed on an appropriate implementation of the federal and state funding program, as Education Director Sylvia Weber (SPD) announced on Friday. Around 30 schools are to be provided with WLAN and new devices every year, and in four years all 167 schools should be reached under the sponsorship of the city of Frankfurt.

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Projectors and interactive whiteboards are to be purchased as contemporary presentation technology for twelve million euros. The vocational schools receive eight million euros for digital devices, machines and tools for vocational training, among other things.

Inclusive teaching is also supported: "Children and young people with impairments, for example with a view to the funding priorities of hearing and seeing, can benefit from their learning opportunities if they use devices with specially tailored applications," explained Weber.

"The Corona crisis has shown that the digitization of schools must now be tackled immediately. But it is not just about emergency aid in the crisis, but also about the long-term and structured expansion of digital resources," said the head of department. In June the city council is to vote on the decision.

The digital pact is a funding program for the expansion of the digital educational infrastructure, the funds of which, according to Bitkom, are scarcely accessed by the federal states. Around 372 million euros will be available in Hesse by 2024. The country is increasing the sum with its own money to 500 million euros. The city of Frankfurt's own share is said to be six million euros.

As part of the school digital pact, Hamburg plans to order around 25,000 additional tablets and laptops for its students. "For Hamburg, the agreement means an additional EUR 12.8 million, which we will distribute according to the proven keys to private schools, state vocational schools and state general schools," said Education Senator Ties Rabe (SPD) in a release published on Sunday.

With the support of the federal government, around 18,000 additional tablets and laptops could be ordered. The Hanseatic city wanted to go beyond this number. The school management is working on a collective order of around 25,000 tablets and laptops. The schools should then make these available to students who do not have any of these devices at home. The tablets and laptops are to be rented and maintained by the schools. A significant proportion should already be available at the beginning of the coming school year. "This is how we want to ensure that Hamburg's pupils can keep up with distance learning at home," said Rabe.

The federal government had agreed in April to launch an "emergency equipment program" worth half a billion euros. The schools are to use the money to create online courses. In addition, needy students should receive a grant of 150 euros for the purchase of a laptop or other device for teaching at home.

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