Longford schools to receive €195,000 for computer equipment

Longford schools to receive €195,000 for computer equipment

Longford schools to receive €195,000 for computer equipment

Thirty-eight schools in Longford will receive a total of €195,689 funding for computer equipment, a Fine Gael Deputy has said.

The grant, which will be received by all schools built prior to 2014, is worth in excess of €4,100 for a 100 pupil school and almost €13,000 for a 500 pupil school at primary level.

At post-primary level, the grant is worth almost €18,000 for a 500 student school, and over €33,000 for a 1,000 student school.

Deputy Peter Burke said: “I am delighted to announce that 38 schools in Longford will receive a total of almost €200,000 funding for computer equipment. All schools in the county, no matter how big or small will receive funding to allow children to the same access to technology across the country, in a safe and controlled environment.  The previous Fine Gael-led government provided each primary school and secondary school in the country with high-speed internet so now all schools will have top class equipment to utilise this service.

“The funding announced this week can be spent on desktop PCs, laptops, tablets or hybrid devices. Schools can also purchase projectors and cloud based tools and software applications to support learning.

“I know this will make a huge difference to school communities at both primary and secondary level across Longford, and will help equip children and teenagers with the skills they need for the future.

 “Digital technology can transform the way people learn, encouraging curiosity, exploration and creative thinking. These are the capabilities our young people will need in the future.  The technology will also be provided in a safe, secure environment also which I think is important to note, as we are all aware the dangers that can face children and young adults online.

“Critical, creative thinking, problem solving skills and adaptability will be key to flourishing in this environment and we need to make sure our young people are well prepared.

 “Our Digital Strategy for Schools sets out a clear vision that is focussed on realising the potential of digital technologies to transform the learning experiences of students. While we are introducing coding and computer science into the curriculum, we must also invest in the ICT infrastructure of our schools."

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