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Thursday 25 April 2019

Fingal schools to benefit from ICT

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Fingal schools are set to benefit from a raft of new technology following Government investment in the area, Fine Gael TD for Dublin Fingal, Alan Farrell has announced.

As part of a €50m national investment scheme in ICT infrastructure, every school in Dublin Fingal will receive grants to purchase key technology, including tablets, cloud systems and projectors.

Fingal schools are being invited to apply for the additional fund by demonstrating evidence of effective embedding of digital technologies and Digital Learning Planning.

Speaking of the initiative, Deputy Farrell said: 'I'm delighted, as Chair of the Oireachtas Committee on Children and Youth Affairs, that Dublin Fingal schools are set to benefit from the national €50million investment in ICT infrastructure for all primary and post-primary schools.

'Grant funding for the purchase of ICT infrastructure will issue to all eligible primary and post primary schools in the country to enable them to embed the use of digital technology in teaching and learning.

'Our Digital Strategy for Schools sets out a clear vision that is focused on realising the potential of digital technologies to transform the learning experiences of students.'

The Government's total investment in the Project Ireland 2040 scheme will total €110m to date when all schools draw down their entitlements.

Grants will be allocated through a standard lump sum and additional per-capita sums based on the size of the school.

At primary level, the grant is worth in the region of €5,900 for a 100 pupil school and almost €22,000 for a 500 pupil school.

At post-primary, a 500 student school can receive a grant of almost €27,000 rising to some €52,000 for a 1,000 student school. A further €5m pot of funding is also being set aside in this year's tranche to recognise and support schools' efforts to engage with digital technologies in teaching and learning.

Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh, said: 'The latest funding of €50m continues the Government commitment under Project Ireland 2040 to underpin the implementation of the Digital Strategy for Schools 2015-2020. The funding will go hand in hand with other supports for schools such as the Digital Learning Framework and Digital Learning Planning Resource to enable schools to fully embrace and embed digital technologies.'

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