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Intel deploys Classmate PCs in six Cairo schools

First phase of educational initiative complete

Intel today said it has successfully deployed the Classmate PC in six schools in and around Cairo, as part of a collaboration with Edu Systems International (ESI) and the Ministry of Education, as well as the Ministry of Communications and Information.

Phase I of the educational initiative also ensured that the machines included local content including skool.com, which consists of maths and science modules tailored to the Egyptian curriculum. The software package includes multimedia learning objects, called LearnSteps, interactive simulations, LearnSims, as well as a math toolkit, exam study notes, exam guides and study and revision tips.

"The main source of economic development in Egypt depends on the spread of ICT tools in the society and partnering with global companies such as Intel is instrumental to up-leveling ICT development in schools," said His Excellency Dr Tarek Kamel, Minister of Communications and IT. "In doing so, we are successfully preparing the country's youth generation to meet today's market needs," he continued.

Khaled Elamrawi, general manager, Intel Egypt, Levant and North Africa, added that education was one of Intel's top priorities. "Over the last ten years, [Intel] has invested $1 billion and two million employee volunteer hours to improving education worldwide," he said.

The small mobile PC is designed specifically to be affordable and rugged. ESI has since pledged to provide a further 5,000 Classmate PCs for 40 schools across Egypt.

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