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The IT Based Educational System, the bridge for the access in the digital era of more than 2 million users

Monday, February 7, 2005

Bucharest, February 7th 2005 – The IT Based Educational System (SEI), initiated by the Romanian Ministry of Education and Research was awarded “Best Bridge over the Digital Divide” within the PC World gala, held on Friday, February 4th at the Hilton Hotel.

The award, certifying SEI’s contribution to the development of the information society and its value as compared to other similar European Projects, was handed in by Mr. Patrick J. McGovern, founder and Chairman of the IDG media group, in the presence of the Ministry of Education and the consortium’s representatives, and managers of the IDG subsidiaries worldwide.

Mr. Patrick McGovern handed in the award to Irina Socol, SIVECO Romania (the project integrator) General Manager, who thanked all the organizations that have contributed to SEI’s success.

“We are extremly happy that a far-reaching organization such as IDG and a visionary such as Mr. Patrick McGovern, which has been a contributor to the IT revolution for 40 years,  reasert the fact that there is a success story in introducing IT&C tools in the Romanian education. SEI is an extremly complex program, with a great number of components, and a decisive social impact. This kind of projects are facing the need for a shift in menthality in a relative short period of time all over the world.

I am very proud to say that Romania succedded in this respect faster and better than other European countries, some of which with a better economic condition.

At the same time, I am proud of the fact that SIVECO Romania is part of the team who has made this possible, together with IBM Romania and HP Romania. Other important player on the international IT market held an important part in the project: ORACLE and Microsoft, to whom I congratulate and thank on this occasion”, said Irina SOCOL.

About SEI

IT Based Educational System (SEI) is a complex program initiated by the Ministry of Education and Research in 2001, aiming to support with ITC tools the Romanian education system.

The program supports the educational reform objectives according to the eEurope 2005 action plan initiated by the European Union according to the European eLearning initiative.

SEI is implemented by a public-private partnership. The main companies involved in SEI implementation are SIVECO Romania, HP Romania and IBM Romania.

The Educational IT-Based System was initiated in the spring of 2001 by the Group for IT Promotion – an intergovernmental organization involved in promoting the Information Society in Romania.

The program has as main purpose to assure the non-discriminatory access of pupils and teachers nation-wide to the same IT educational tools, regardless of their geographical area and social status.

In order to attain this goal, each school was endowed with an IT lab with a standard configuration, a network of 26 computers, printer, scanner and educational software.

SEI is highly appreciated at international level as a success story, while results similar to those obtained by SEI being quite seldom, as the inertia degree of the educational system is relatively high all over the world.

Among the international recognitions obtained by the IT Based Educational System is the Best Practice label awarded to the ADLIC project in 2001 by the European Commission, on the occasion of the European Conference at governmental level “From policy to practice” (Bruxelles 2001) and the IST Prize 2004 nomination, the equivalent of the Oscar for IT.

SEI’s implementation was highly appreciated by prestigious organizations, such as UNO or UNESCO or international personalities.

In October 2004, the project was nominated by the UNO ambassador in Romania, Mrs. Soknan Han Jung, as a „regional best-practice”

In order to offer a complete image on what SEI is, here are some data which summarize the results of the projects phases rolled-out so far :

  • 1.200.000 users
  • 25.000 trained teachers
  • 43 man-year AeL platform implementation effort in schools
  • 1.510 school laboratories
  • 37.150 workstations
  • 1.510 servers
  • 1.510 networks
  • 530 multimedia lessons;
  • 65 biology;
  • 96 mathematics;
  • 70 computer science;
  • 3 history;
  • 27 geography;
  • 48 chemistry;
  • 90 physics;
  • 115 technology;
  • 40% curricula coverage
  • 2.500 learning objects
  • 800 simulations
  • 800 emulations;
  • 30.000 questions for tests;
  • 16 dictionaries;
  • 7 interactive tutorials
  • 3 multimedia encyclopedias;
  • 600 schools connected to Internet
  • SEI Educational Portal (http://portal.edu.ro/) - 40.000 registered users, 59.000 messages
  • 857.279 secondary school graduates in the contest for high-school admission (ADLIC) 2001-2004
  • 175.000 12th grade candidates to Baccalaureate 2004
  • 80 examination centers to receive examination documents over the Internet
  • 22.335.357 options expressed by Baccalaureate candidates;
  • 720 mails from the technical support team; more than 6500 messages sent by the technical support team on http://forum.edu.ro/ during the Baccalaureate 2004

 

In the next stage:

  • 2.640 schools will benefit from IT platforms (server, 10 workstations, printer, scanner, networking, general use software, AeL platform)
  • 42 Professorial Core Houses will benefit from IT labs for teachers’ training (same configuration, but 25 workstations);
  • 120 labs supplied in 2002 will be technologically updated;
  • 5.180 schools and high schools will be endowed with administration software (accounting, pay-roll, forecast and budget management software) ;
  • 1.510 labs implemented in stages 1st to 3rd will benefit form software update to the latest version;
  • 200 national examination centers will be endowed with hi9gh capacity copy machines, integration in the national examination network.
  • Another 1000 new multimedia lessons and a complete tool kit for English learning language (1st to 8th grade) and new educational materials such as: 6 encyclopedias, 11 dictionaries, authoring tools, interactive tutorials