18 May 2022

Over €600k for Longford schools to address digital divide

Over €600k for Longford schools to address digital divide

Over €600k for Longford schools to address digital divide

Minister for Education Norma Foley TD announced on Monday the issue of €605,266 in grant funding to Longford schools, the first of two major ICT projects supporting primary and post-primary schools to address the digital divide, under Ireland’s National Recovery and Resilience Plan. 

Thirty-eight primary schools in the county will receive €406,502, with the nine post primary schools to receive €198,764.

This funding was secured as part of a major investment programme for the Department of Education in the Government’s National Recovery and Resilience Plan (NRRP) approved by the European Council.

Schools will be required to use this funding for the direct benefit of their students, and can consider innovative projects and programmes using digital technologies in teaching and learning depending on their own digital learning plan, and approaches including providing infrastructure such as devices on loan to students.

Minister Foley said: “All of our children and young people must be prepared to learn, work and live in a digital world. This scheme builds on existing funding commitments from national funds and will provide for advances in the two important areas of enhanced digital infrastructure for schools and addressing learners at risk of educational disadvantage through the digital divide by providing funding to schools.

“School communities made incredible strides in digital teaching and learning during the pandemic. An enormous effort was made by teachers and students, and a huge amount has been learned. We know also that for some students a lack of infrastructure impeded their ability to engage with remote learning. This digital divide will also impact their capacity to engage fully with digital technology and development of digital skills.

“As we move beyond this phase, we need to acknowledge the great effort and progress made. The enhanced investment under the NRRP will advance greatly the efforts to ensure that technology and infrastructure is in place to support teaching and learning in the classroom across all schools and ensure inclusion of all learners.”

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