Critical Links Joins Millennium@EDU Global Initiative

January 29, 2013

 

Critical Links Joins the Millennium@EDU Global Initiative to Reach 15 Million Students worldwide

PRINCETON, NJ

Critical Links, a pioneer in delivering Information & Communications Technology (ICT) infrastructure solutions for School 2.0 – the next generation of schools, announced today that it has become a founding member of the Millennium Program, as part of the Millennium@EDU global initiative.

The Millennium@EDU Initiative is bringing together some of the world’s largest technology companies with local companies and other stakeholders, with the goal of providing at least another 15 million students around the world access to information,communications, and science technologies (ICSTs) for learning and education.

The stakeholders share the view of the United Nations, as expressed in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), that ICSTs must be successfully integrated into education systems to promote 21 century skills and prepare young generations for the new workspace and daily life.

To kick-start and accelerate this integration, Millennium@EDU has established the Millennium@EDU Program. This Program will be responsible for the global development and implementation of national, regional and local projects which meet three objectives: educational transformation, internet connectivity, and socioeconomic improvement.

Millennium@EDU will offer a comprehensive “Millennium@EDU Solution Pack”, a flexible and customizable bundle, that provides access to the state-of-art technologies to students and teachers worldwide at an attractive price.

The Critical Links Education ApplianceTM will be part of this solution pack, and a special version – labeled as the EA-M25 has been introduced specifically for the Millennium Program. The EA-M25 will provide the Learning, Administration (of devices, student information etc), and Networking capabilities necessary, in a single platform; it is integrated with other products in the Solution Pack and can support up to 500 student users. With an Education Appliance, a School can now easily and cost effectively manage its hardware, software, content, and student data.

Based on the Intel® Learning Series (ILS), the Critical Links Education ApplianceTM is the world’s first purposebuilt education server that essentially provides a ‘Local School ICT Cloud’, with all the vital IT capabilities required in the next generation of schools.

A total of 15 Million Millennium@EDU Solution Packs will be made available through 2015 in different countries and regions of the world, which equates to 1% of the student population.

The Critical Links Education ApplianceTM has been deployed around the world, including in one of the world’s largest school modernization programs, in Portugal . More information on the Critical Links Education ApplianceTM can be had from education.critical-links.com or by contacting education@critical-links.com

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About Millennium@EDU

Millennium@EDU is a multi-stakeholder initiative, creating an ecosystem of leading companies, including technology, education and local skilled firms from around the world to contribute towards advancing the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

The mission of Millennium@EDU is to advance the MDGs through the use of Information, Communication and Scientific Technologies (ICSTs) in Learning and Education while fostering key 21st Century Skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, communication, collaboration and creativity, among others.

Millennium@EDU is inspired by the “Millennium Declaration” and is committed to contribute to the Millennium Development Goals framed in particular in Goal 8, Target 8.F: «In cooperation with the private sector, make available the benefits of new technologies, especially information and communications”. http://www.millenniumedu.org

About Critical Links

Critical Links is a pioneer in delivering innovative ICT infrastructure solutions for the next generation of Schools, with particular focus on enabling e-learning economically in challenging environments.

The Critical Links C3TM Solution dramatically simplifies the delivery of digital content anywhere – irrespective of the challenges posed by connectivity, power, lack of technical expertise or remoteness. By successfully enabling content delivery in a holistic and economical manner, the C3TM solution is proactively accelerating e-Learning endeavors around the world. More information on the complete C3TM solution can be found a http://c3.critical-links.com. Please contact sales@critical-links.com for further information on Critical Links, its education portfolio and pricing.

Critical Links is an active member of the Intel Education Alliance and is also a Microsoft Gold Partner.

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