Students work on Ipads at a school in Lebanon, Thursday, April 11, 2013. (The Daily Star/HO)
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In an increasingly interconnected world, digital education is rising in importance by the year.Only 63 percent of public school students in grades six to eight, or Circle 3, are taught computer-related skills, despite 85 percent of schools having computer labs. All private schools are equipped -- where 86 percent of the students are taught such skills -- according to data from the Center for Educational Research and Development, a government body.Computer science has been taught since the 1990s, but since then, there have been no changes in the curriculum to keep up with technological advancements and the relevant skills.The CERD, the national organization in charge of training teachers and modernizing curricula, has been working to add computer science to school programs for several years.Through its EDTech program, DOT is working in 142 of Lebanon's public high schools -- approximately half of them -- to integrate technology into the classroom.BmB Smart, an educational platform that offers courses in technology to children starting at age 8, is also addressing the question of digital education.
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