The shipment is part of the Ministry of Education's ‘Movement to Increase Opportunities and Technology’ project, which eventually aims to provide every student in Turkey with a tablet PC.
The initial shipment will be for 12,000 tablets, and these are expected to come to students and teachers across 52 schools in 17 provinces, including the most populated cities – Istanbul, Ankara, and Izmir.
The tablets have been produced by General Mobile and Samsung, and come with a specially designed frame to protect them from being dropped. All of the tablets are able to connect to the internet, and have been loaded with ninth-grade textbooks. A team of 100 technicians will be on hand for technical support.
The Turkish government has long since been active in trying to bring tablets into classrooms, and first introduced this project at an inauguration ceremony in November 2010.