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Jordan education ministry preps for $8m IT project

Project signed to link 1,148 public schools across Jordan by September 2008

The Jordanian Ministry of Education has signed a $8.4 million deal with Optimiza to equip the country's schools with IT systems and infrastructure.

The project will cover 1,148 schools across Jordan, and will see more than 8,500 PCs, projectors, scanners and printers installed, along with network infrastructure from Nexans, by September 2008.

"It is with great pleasure that we announce our continued cooperation with the Ministry of Education to develop a national project that supports the noble mission of schools to foster promising generations knowledgeable of all IT developments as a means for opening up to the world," said Dr Wassef Al Masri, general manager of Optimiza Jordan.

"We need to create a contemporary society where all responsible parties, including us as an integrated business solutions establishment, work together to create an IT infrastructure in schools to enable Jordan's students and teachers to easily utilise the tools of this modern age in order for us to become a model for success and excellence," he added.

Jordanian minister of education, Dr Tayseer Al Nueimi, commented that this project will fulfil one of the Ministry of Education's strategic objectives to link all MOE schools, especially less privileged ones, to the internet in accordance with Jordanian ruler King Abdullah II's vision to improve the country's education system.

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