On Wednesday, the European Commission approved an investment of more than 150 million Euros from the European Regional Development Fund and the European Social Fund for the digitalisation of Croatia's education system.
The e-School project will establish an extensive IT infrastructure, provide state-of-the-art IT equipment, develop educational software and connect students and teachers in 1,166 public primary and secondary schools across the country.
This unique national network will improve teaching and learning conditions and make school management more efficient and transparent.
At the same time, students and teachers will benefit from targeted training to improve their e-skills, the Commission said.
The total cost of the project is more than 177 million euros, of which more than 150 million euros are European funds.
"Thanks to the cohesion policy, the Croatian education system will be able to take full advantage of the digital age and better prepare young people for their professional future. This project also contributes to increasing the sector's resilience during the coronavirus pandemic," said Cohesion Policy and Reform Commissioner Elisa Ferreira.
The project is based on a successful pilot phase, which has already helped move more than 150 Croatian schools to a new level of education. Under this project, each school will be connected to a single national CARNET network, data centres and other schools.
CARNET's regional hubs in Zagreb, Osijek, Rijeka and Split, as well as county hubs, will be upgraded.
Schools will receive computers, and each school will have an interactive classroom with an intelligent display and tablet computers for students and other equipment according to their needs.