Schools across Dublin are set to benefit from €11 million being provided by the Government to improve ICT facilities.
The grants come as part of a €50 million package being provided by Education Minister Norma Foley for schools around the country.
Welcoming the announcement, Dublin Fianna Fáil TD, Cormac Devlin said “I particularly welcome the fact that Dublin schools are going to benefit to the tune of €11.2 million.”
“Some €5.8 million is being allocated to primary schools, with post-primary schools receiving €5.3 million. In all, 691 schools across Dublin will benefit from this funding, I particularly welcome the fact there is an additional top-up for DEIS schools.
“We saw earlier in the year how the digital divide placed certain schools and students at a disadvantage. While many schools adapted extremely well others simply could not provide the level of remote learning they would have liked.
“The funding will allow schools to enhance their digital systems and provide for remote learning. The scheme allows for the purchase of digital devices to loan to students and teachers. It will also support the purchase of software, essential learning platforms and other ICT solutions.”
The funding is being provided as part of the Digital Strategy for Schools, which has seen €170 million being invested in ICT infrastructure over the past five years. The grants will be issued automatically to all schools during the first week in December.