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Measures to break the digital gap between students

Friday 1st May 2020

CALVIÀ TOWN HALL HAS ACQUIRED DEVICES FOR 4,000 EUROS TO ELIMINATE THE DIGITAL GAP BETWEEN STUDENTS OF THE MUNICIPALITY DURING THE STATE OF ALARM

The Town Hall is working in coordination with the Regional Ministry of Education, University and Research in the field of primary and secondary education centres

Calvià Town Hall has acquired different devices to provide Internet access to students in vulnerable situation in the municipality who have no possibility of Internet connection at home, thus eliminating the digital gap that did not allow these schoolchildren to do their homework in the same conditions as their classmates from home, since the state of alarm was decreed.
In total, the Town Hall has acquired 60 SIM cards and 60 MI-FI devices (routers) that emit wi-fi from SIM cards, for 4,000 euros. For the distribution of the devices, following the instructions of the Regional Ministry of Education, University and Research, priority has been given to students in fifth year of Primary Education to fourth year of ESO (Obligatory Secondary Education) students, since primary education students (from first year to fourth year) can work from their homes without the need for an Internet connection or related devices, as confirmed by the centres' own directors, who have organised the educational material distribution available in schools to families.

This intervention is carried out in collaboration with the Regional Ministry that has advanced the digitisation plan, in collaboration with Town Halls, Councils, entities and companies, to guarantee Balearic Islands students’ connectivity during the state of alarm.
The local Police of Calvià, through the guardian police figure, is in charge of coordinating the distribution of SIM cards and MI-FI devices, together with the directions of the centres that subsequently distribute them to students. Connections will be maintained as long as the alarm state continues.