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SMARTLABS SUPPORT ICT EDUCATION AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN ESTONIA

Labor shortage in the ICT sector is one of the biggest hindrances to growth in the Estonian economy and in local telecom operators. Skilled labor is scarce, and the number of ICT students is only growing slowly. Research shows that many students view science-related subjects as difficult and boring. Based on this insight, Telia in Estonia started encouraging children to explore information and communications technology through ”SmartLabs” and after-school technology clubs.
The SmartLabs aim to improve ICT and IT skills among young people and foster an interest in technology.

“Eventually, we expect that more students will choose to study ICT and in the long run, the needs of society and the company will be supported,” says Dan Strömberg, CEO of Telia in Estonia.

Mobile devices a gateway to knowledge in Latvia

In Latvia the mobile operator LMT is running two long-term initiatives focusing on improving the use of modern technology in schools, starting from the primary school up to the university. In the first initiative, called "Ready for tomorrow", five pilot classes have been created in cooperation with Microsoft Latvia. The pupils are equipped with tablets, the latest software and monitoring systems. Teachers are trained how to use those technologies for innovative education to develop new, modern learning methods. Pupils use the devices in different subjects in schools. According to teachers, the pupils are now more motivated in the learning process and better learning outcomes are seen.

"We want to ensure that learning matches our modern, connected lifestyle by adjusting the educational. We can safely assume that with further development of technology, digital education will become a part of everyday life,” says Juris Binde, CEO of LMT.

The second initiative is a professional training program for teachers called "First Steps for the mobile device to become a teaching assistant". The training program is running all over Latvia and is implemented together with the Latvian educational company Lielvārds. The training is free and the outcome is knowledge how to apply modern technology in the classroom and how children can effectively use their own mobile devices in the learning process at school. This ensures that digital learning really improves school results.

“Latvia has a modern telecommunications infrastructure and all the preconditions for establishing an advanced and competitive educational system, with a wide range of learning opportunities,” says Juris Binde.