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November 18, 2009

ICT boost for Kildare schools

Kildare schools are to get a major ICT boost as each classroom will get a computer under the ‘smart schools’ programme launched by the Department of Education according to local Fianna Fail TD, Michael Fitzpatrick.

“Every Kildare classroom is to get a teaching laptop, software and a digital projector over the next three years as part of a €150 million ‘Smart Schools’ plan.”

“The plan is designed to ensure that there is effective investment in ICT in schools.”

“It will help pupils to become familiar with ICT at a young age and build their confidence and skills.”

“The ICT will work as both an educational and motivational tool for the pupils and will help to enhance their learning.”

“This kind of training and education is essential if we are to build the smart economy of the future.”

“I am delighted that the Minister for Education is working closely with Paul Rellis, the Managing Director of Microsoft Ireland, members of ICT Ireland, the Telecommunications and Internet Federation, the Irish Software Association, as well as Government Departments to identify the needs of pupils and teachers and maximise opportunities with this investment.”

“Primary schools in Kildare will be prioritised for grants, benefiting from the €22 million that will go to primary schools nationwide before the end of the year.”

“Funding for post-primary schools will be made available early in the New Year and these schools will be asked to prioritise the purchase of equipment for the classrooms used for teaching maths.”

“I am also pleased to see that in the future that Department of Education will put in place a central procurement arrangement for ICT equipment that will ensure the best possible value for money.”

“I look forward to seeing the positive results of this investment,” concluded Deputy Fitzpatrick