2.2 Development of ICT infrastructure
City of Ostrołęka (Mazowieckie Voivodeship, Poland)
State Institution of Culture “Masty County Library” (Hrodna Oblast, Belarus)
Mаsty Raion Executive Committee (Hrodna Oblast, Belarus)
Nowadays, information and communication technologies (ICT) play an important role in humans’ life as they accompany them in every aspect. Nonetheless, the Ostrołęcko-Siedlecki subregion in Poland and Hrodna Oblast in Belarus are far behind regarding the ICT usage, having weak connectivity and insufficient communication networks. This situation limits the socio-economic development of these areas and makes it unattractive for investors.
The partners of the ICTCompet project decided to face challenges of the Polish-Belarusian cross-border region through the creation of ICT infrastructure. Two innovative Competence Development Centres will be established, one in Ostrołęka Municipality and one in District Library in Masty. Both Centres will be located in already existing, but deeply renovated buildings, which will receive new face (e.g. elevation, windows). Inside the reconstruction of floors and other internal installations will be provided, adapting them for the disabled people needs. In Ostrołęka the internal road and green area will be refreshed also. Both Centres will be equipped with specialized ICT devices: computers, printers, servers, TV, digital and video cameras, projectors, etc. The facilities will target students by organizing a variety of ICT workshops and trainings preparing young people to enter the labour market. Collaterally trainings for teachers and animators will be conducted (e.g. robotics, scientific experiments, English, musical composition, art).
The ICTCompet project will found a new ICT education system meeting the 21st century standards and elaborate common strategy of ICT based education. The unique tools and technology will adopt the education systems to the needs of current labour market. It is estimated, that within next year, both ICT Centres will be visited by more than 10 000 people, what will bring an essential influence on the economic growth of Poland and Belarus cross-border region.
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