20 March 2020 – Provided funding for remote access to education

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Type of Intervention: Physical distancing
Sectors Involved: Education
Level of Jurisdiction: National
Lead People/Agency:

Overview: The Dutch Government has allocated €2.5 million to purchase laptops for students in primary and secondary education who do not have proper equipment at home to be able to learn online.

The funding comes from SIVON (Purchasing Together for Education in the Netherlands), a cooperative of school boards providing ICT products and services to primary and secondary schools. It is estimated to support thousands of children currently without laptops to continue learning via distance.

In addition, the Government has set measures to support vulnerable children in environments where education may not be possible (e.g. unsafe home situations and youth care institutions). The Government has committed to providing additional teaching and counseling services outside the home (e.g. in libraries or school classrooms) where students can go for additional support if needed.
Full details here: https://www.rijksoverheid.nl/ministeries/ministerie-van-onderwijs-cultuur-en-wetenschap/nieuws/2020/03/20/extra-ondersteuning-voor-kwetsbare-leerlingen