The House of Parliament has awarded Amaze, the specialist Internet services company, the contract to redevelop their education website - Explore Parliament. The website, worth £200,000, will be re-launched in July 2003.
Explore Parliament caters for individuals who have little or no knowledge of Parliament, primarily school children in the 8-18 age group. To help these users learn more effectively, it will incorporate a number of engaging features, promoting learning through interaction using rich media and games. Explore Parliament will also include resources for teachers, and will support the teaching of citizenship, history, politics, general studies and related topics. Content from the existing site will be revised and repurposed to generate information closely allied to teaching courses.
Amaze will also provide hosting and marketing for Explore Parliament. The marketing will be centred on search engine optimisation. This will help increase the number of visits from the current 50,000 visits per month.
Robert Twigger, who is supervising the project on behalf of the House of Commons said, "It is important that young people understand how Parliament is distinct from Government, and that through the work of select committees and other means, Parliament holds Government to account on behalf of citizens. Both the House of Commons and the House of Lords are committed to helping the public understand better what Parliament is and does, and the Explore Parliament website has proved an effective means of providing information to young people and students."
Stuart Melhuish, Chief Executive Officer of Amaze, commented, “Amaze is delighted to be involved in a project for a world renowned institution of the standing of Britain’s Parliament. We have a strong track record in developing educational sites for young people, especially our recent work on Classroom 2000 - the biggest online e-learning project in Europe. I believe our expertise will create an engaging and interactive online educational experience ”
The award of the contract follows on from Amaze’s recent successes in winning prestigious new Internet projects from leading names in their sectors - Toyota, PricewaterhouseCoopers, North West Development Agency and the Learning and Skills Council.
Amaze, the Liverpool based Internet technology services company, specialises in the delivery of Knowledge Management, Content Management and e-learning solutions. It has notable experience of delivering projects to the public sector bodies, and can count Learndirect, the Learning & Skills Council and the Department of Education and Skills amongst its clients.
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