€970k for Kerry in ICT school fund

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - NEWS - By TADHG EVANS

SCHOOLS in Kerry will re­ceive more than €970,000 for com­puter equip­ment un­der an ICT (in­for­ma­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion tech­nol­ogy) in­fra­struc­ture grant, ac­cord­ing to an an­nounce­ment by the Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion and Skills, and Min­is­ter Bren­dan Grif­fin TD.

The al­lo­ca­tion, to be re­ceived by all schools built prior to 2014, is part of a €30mil­lion na­tional pack­age for pri­mary and post-pri­mary schools, an­nounced to co­in­cide with In­ter­net Safety Week.

More than 155 schools in the county will ben­e­fit from the €973,000 in funds. The grant can be spent on desk­top PCs; lap­tops; tablets; hy­brid de­vices; pro­jec­tors; cloud-based tools; soft­ware ap­pli­ca­tions; and learn­ing plat­forms. The grants can range in value from €4,100 for a 100-pupil school to €33,000 for a 1,000-pupil school. Kerry’s al­lo­ca­tion is the 10th high­est in the coun­try.

Kerry-based Fine Gael Ju­nior Min­is­ter Bren­dan Grif­fin wel­comed the an­nounce­ment, say­ing that in­vest­ment in ICT, along­side the in­tro­duc­tion of cod­ing and com­puter science into the cur­ricu­lum, is cru­cial .

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

“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.

“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.”

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