To make it easier for school students to access literary works, Poland has launched the Lektury.gov.pl portal to aggregate open and digital educational and cultural resources. The portal for electronic and audio books was unveiled on 5 December.
Schoolchildren should have access to online educational content, new teaching methods, multimedia and interactive tools regardless of where they live, and with equal opportunities for all, the Ministry of Digitisation explained in its announcement.
According to the Ministry nearly all (98 %) households with children aged 5 to 15 have Internet access. Nearly all parents (90 %) allow their children to use the computer, and some 77 % of children use the Internet for their school studies.
The portal is being tested during the current school year (2017-2018), and its collection will gradually be enlarged. The platform currently offers access to a few hundred short stories, dramas, poems and novels. The collection includes one-third of the literary works that are required reading in Polish schools. Texts are available online, and can also be downloaded.
Unveiling the website, Poland’s then Vice Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki - now Prime Minister - and the Minister of Digitisation Anna Streżyńska were recorded on video reading Joseph Conrad’s ‘Lord Jim’.
The Lektury portal is a joint initiative of the Ministry of Digitisation, the Ministry of Development, and Poland’s Research and Academic Computer Network (NASK). In addition, it involves organisations such as the National Film Archive, the Modern Poland Foundation and the Widzialni Foundation - an organisation ‘combating digital and social exclusion’.