The Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) develops and implements educational policies and programs to improve education in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). As part of its charter, the council directly regulates and operates 270 public schools.
Three years ago, ADEC began an ambitious project to raise the entire emirate’s standard of education by investing in a next-generation education IP infrastructure. As Mohammed Younes, ICT division manager for ADEC, says, “When we started this project, we found that most of our schools had very little connectivity; some principals and secretaries or computer labs had individual ADSL connections for Internet access and email, but no system-wide infrastructure existed.”
The goal of the first phase of the project was to meet basic operational requirements. The council worked closely with Cisco® Advanced Services and Cisco partners to plan and create a scalable WAN foundation that connected all schools and would support future planned voice, data, and video needs. At the same time, ADEC began furnishing computing devices to teachers and administrative staff at every school, and supplying every classroom with a computer, digital “smart board,” and projector.
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