Smart tech grants for our schools

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WEXFORD schools are set to benefit from a raft of new technology, thanks to government funding,  Fine Gael Minister Michael D’Arcy TD has said.

Every school in the county will receive grants to purchase key technology including tablets, cloud systems and projectors.

“I’m delighted that Wexford 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.

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

The Minister said: “We are living in a world which is being fundamentally transformed by digital technology. Disruptive technologies in cloud, mobile and social are revolutionising how we work and how we live.

“Critical, creative thinking, problem solving skills and adaptability will be key to ensuring young people flourish this environment and we need to make sure they are well prepared.”

The latest tranche of funding is made up of an initial pot of €45m – up €15m on the allocations in previous years. The 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 around €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 almost €27,000 rising to some €52,000 for a 1,000 student school.
Minister D’Arcy said: “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.

“Schools are being invited to apply for the additional fund by demonstrating evidence of effective embedding of digital technologies and learning.”

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