Archives for November 10th, 1999

BRIDGING THE INFORMATION RICH AND POOR GAP

Headlines, PublicNet: 10 November, 1999

A gift of 4m dollars (2.5m pounds) from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will be used to fund 47 new high technology learning centres in deprived areas. The centres, which will be located in areas of greatest need, will be equipped with state of the art hardware and software. The aim is to increase computer access for all people to ensure that no one is left out of the technological advances of the 21st century. The initiative follows discussions between the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Matthew Evans, Chairman of the Government’s Library and Information Commission.Although more than 13 million people in Britain have Internet access and the revenue from e-commerce is set to top 10b pounds next year there are many millions of people who have yet to switch on a computer. Three initiatives involving funding from lottery distributor the New Opportunities Fund, are already seeking to boost information technology use in libraries. They are a 250m pound programme of information technology training for teachers and librarians; a 50m pound project for the digitisation of electronic information to support life long learning and a 200m pound programme to promote community access to life long learning, helping link libraries to each other and to schools.

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EDUCATION ACTION ZONE EXPANSION

Headlines, PublicNet: 10 November, 1999

The approval of a further 41 Education Action Zones has brought the total to 67. The first zone was launched in September 1998. The zones are local partnerships between groups of schools (typically around 20), businesses, parents, local education authorities, the community and others, designed to boost standards in areas facing challenging circumstances. They are typically formed around two or three secondary schools and their feeder primary schools.Zones receive annual funding for their initial 3 year life which can amount to 3m pounds. Major businesses like Jaguar, Barclays and Safeway support the zones as well as small local businesses. In total the initiative has brought 18m pounds of sponsorship into education from the private sector.

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STRATEGY AND PLANNING

Book News, PublicNet: 10 November, 1999

David HusseyThis useful and concise book provides essential information for managers and practitioners of strategic management, particularly those requiring a bird’s eye view of the whole subject, who have neither the time nor inclination to read the encyclopaedic tomes currently available. The style is practical, without sacrificing integrity, and references are made to important sources in the literature. The steps and methods outlined in this book will help managers to develop a sound strategy.

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