International Conference: Bridging the Digital Divide in Rural Communities

May 19, 2008

Mathy Vanbuel described his experience in the provision of educational services to remote schools in Europe in a keynote presentation given on 15th May during an International Conference held in Athens. This conference called "Bridging the Digital Divide in Rural Communities; Practical Solutions and Policies'' brought together project leaders of several pioneering projects many of which are using the latest developments in satellite technology to provide solutions for remote and rural school communities in Europe and elsewhere. Organised in the Ellinogermaniki School in Pallini, this event brought together policy makers, academics and field practitioners from Europe and beyond who share an interest in promoting the use of ICT by rural citizens of all ages. See the Conference web site for more information.

Andreas Lykourentzos, Greek Deputy Minister of National Education (right) discusses with Prof Kostas Tsolakidis, University of the Aegean, Sofoklis Sotiriou, Ellinogermaniki Agogi and Dr Dimitrios Katsigiannis, Hellenic Aerospace Industry
Sofoklis Sotiriou (EA) demonstrates videoconferencing over satellite for teacher training