CGI (TSX: GIB.A) (NYSE:GIB), a leading global IT services firm and the primary provider of end-to-end managed IT services for City of Edinburgh Council, has completed the phased implementation of Edinburgh Learns for Life, a unique digital solution which enables equality of access to digital learning in schools and educational establishments.
The deployment was part of an 18-month phased rollout by City of Edinburgh Council and CGI to 23 secondary schools, 90 primary schools, 11 special educational schools, and 102 early years centres, as funded by a £17.5m investment by the Council.
In every secondary school in Edinburgh, all pupils and learning staff now have their own iPad to support their learning experience. This investment by the Council has transformed learning in the classroom and will help raise attainment, support equity and inclusion and help prepare young people across the capital for a digital future. This will ensure a consistent and universal digital educational experience across all schools, while freeing up additional time for teaching and learning.
Following the deployment, CGI continues to provide support, including monitoring and updating the system for security and GDPR, ensuring users are safe-guarded online at school or home. CGI has also implemented stronger networks in schools with faster broadband speeds, new WAN connectivity and updated audio-visual solutions.
Cammy Day, Leader of City of Edinburgh Council, said: “I’m delighted that this exciting partnership with CGI has resulted in over 44,000 digital devices being handed out to pupils and school staff across the city. This has been one of the most significant projects that the council has undertaken thanks to our £17.5m investment and means all pupils from P6 to S6 now have their own devices.
“I witnessed first-hand on my visit to Carrick Knowe Primary School what a difference the devices are having. They are transforming teaching in the classroom as our young people are discovering new and innovative ways to learn with technology available at their fingertips.
“This is a significant and sustained investment in the future learning, outcomes and achievements of Edinburgh’s children and young people. More importantly it means equal access to learning and is a vital element of our strategy to increase attainment for everyone and reducing the poverty-related attainment gap.”
Tara McGeehan, President of CGI in the UK and Australia, said: “CGI is proud to have supported City of Edinburgh Council with the phased rollout and completion of Edinburgh Learns for Life—a brilliant, forward-thinking and progressive digital educational solution which provides equity of access to the same great technology and tools for all pupils and learning staff.
“Thanks to the foresight of City of Edinburgh Council, Edinburgh Learns for Life will support a holistic approach to education, meaning it is suitable for use in both school and remote learning. It provides support for remote, multi-location teaching and the online participation in lessons. This provision works across all key learning ‘stakeholders’ – teachers and pupils, parents and carers. It is engaging and aspirational, opening the door to new opportunities”
Founded in 1976, CGI is among the largest independent IT and business consulting services firms in the world. With 91,000 consultants and professionals across the globe, CGI delivers an end-to-end portfolio of capabilities, from strategic IT and business consulting to systems integration, managed IT and business process services and intellectual property solutions. CGI works with clients through a local relationship model complemented by a global delivery network that helps clients digitally transform their organizations and accelerate results. CGI Fiscal 2022 reported revenue is $12.87 billion and CGI shares are listed on the TSX (GIB.A) and the NYSE (GIB). Learn more at cgi.com.
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