Information Technology Foundation for Education (HITSA) is a foundation established by the Republic of Estonia, the University of Tartu, Tallinn University of Technology, Eesti Telekom and the Estonian Association of Information Technology and Telecommunications.
The role of the HITSA is to ensure that the graduates at all levels of education have obtained digital skills necessary for the development of economy and society and the possibilities offered by ICT are skilfully used in teaching and learning, which helps improve the quality of learning and teaching at all levels of education.
One of HITSA’s tasks is to support the modernization of school digital infrastructure. As part of this, the foundation needed to conduct a nationwide survey to map the possibilities and needs of Internet connections in general education schools. The aim of the study was to get a comprehensive overview of the data communication connections and possibilities of all Estonian general and vocational education schools.
Haap Consulting conducted a nationwide survey on the behalf of HITSA to map the possibilities and needs of Internet access in general education schools.
As part of the study, Haap Consulting did the following:
- Compiled a nationwide list of schools.
- Prepared a survey in Estonian and Russian to map Internet connections, which was sent to all school contact persons.
- Clarified the survey data through interviews.
- Prepared an approximate cost analysis of the connection to the fiber optic cable for those schools that were not connected to the fiber optic cable.
As a result of a nationwide survey, HITSA received an overview of the Internet connection of almost 600 Estonian general education schools.
The results of the survey are an input to HITSA in planning the possibilities of modernizing the Internet connections of Estonian general education schools, which is primarily the connection of all schools with a fiber optic cable, which would enable an Internet connection with a speed of at least 1 Gbit / s.
Haap Consulting was very pleased to work with HITSA on the study and wishes HITSA success in connecting schools to fiber optics.
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