We want to further accelerate the digital pact

The federal states have notified the federal government of new data on the use of funds in the digital pact. According to it, from the beginning of the 2019 term of office, 1.5 billion euros in federal funds have been spent on expanding the digital infrastructure in schools and projects worth 3.1 billion euros have been approved.


09/06/2022

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Federal Ministry of Education and Research



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Around 20,000 schools across Germany benefit from this.

Federal Education Minister Bettina Stark-Watzinger explains:

“The digital pact is gaining momentum, but the pace is not yet right. That is why we want to accelerate the digital pact even further. We took a course for it. There is an intensive exchange with the Länder and municipalities, for example on best practice and advisory services for school authorities. Of the approximately 20,000 schools, half of all schools in Germany already benefit from the digital pact. This is an increase of 25 percent compared to six months ago. In addition, almost all additional tablets and laptops from special programs for students and teachers went to schools. The streamlining of IT administration is slowly taking shape, and thus a relief for teachers. As the federal government, we will continue to support the states and municipalities so that money goes to schools faster. “

Karin Prien, chairwoman of the Conference of Ministers of Education and Minister of Education, Science and Culture of Schleswig-Holstein, explains:

“DigitalPakt School has created a decisive impetus for the digitization of our schools. This is evidenced by both the continuous outflow of federal funds and the constantly growing expenditure in the Länder. This is evident not only in the more than 20 international projects planned by the end of the reporting period. Here, common interfaces are created across national borders to centrally deliver and test educational media, learning platforms, and future-oriented development projects on the use of artificial intelligence to optimize learning success. It is also important that the funds from DigitalPakt also fit into the pedagogical and didactic concept of schools and that students and their teachers can actually benefit from them in the classroom. “

The School Digital Pact consists of several parts: First, the Basic School Digital Pact introduced in 2019 to develop infrastructure in schools. The federal government is allocating five billion euros to this. Second, three additional agreements that federal and state governments have agreed to deal with the krone pandemic: € 500 million for an immediate outfitting program so schools can buy and lend terminal devices to students who cannot use their own devices at home. EUR 500 million to rent equipment for teachers. And EUR 500 million to support administrators who are to deal with digital technology.

Consequently, the federal government provides a total of EUR 6.5 billion under the Digital Pact for Schools. These federal funds are supplemented by the Länder with a 10% contribution, totaling 7.15 billion euros. The digital pact ends in 2024.

By June 2022, a total of EUR 1.588 billion had flowed out of the 6.5 billion euro available from all parts of the Digital Pact. This is due to data that the federal states provide the federal government every six months on February 15 (reference date December 31) and August 15 (reference date June 30). The committed funds are twice as high and amount to EUR 3.172 billion. For comparison: in the most recent study, as of December 31, 2021, EUR 1,227 billion was disbursed and EUR 2,441 billion was frozen.

As part of the fundamental digital pact, € 591 million has emerged from the five billion available so far. Funds frozen for projects already planned but not yet paid in amounted to EUR 3.056 billion.

EUR 495 million out of the available EUR 500 million were used in the immediate equipping program for the purchase of loan devices for school-age children.

In the additional program, almost 483 million euro was released from the available EUR 500 million for the purchase of equipment for loan to teachers.

About 18 million euros out of the 500 million available were spent in the add-on program for administrators. Here, 23.3 percent of the total volume is already related to approved and completed projects.



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