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January 05, 2009

New ICT Funding for North Kildare Schools


Almost €85,000 in funding has been allocated by the Government for the purchase of high-tech IT equipment at three north Kildare schools according to local Fianna Fail TD Áine Brady.

Welcoming the funding, Deputy Brady said that the Government is committed to making information technology a central part of the learning process from the early stages of education.

“Scoil Naomh Padraig in Celbridge will receive €30,500 for outfitting 16 classrooms; Maynooth Educate Together will get €13,500 for 8 classrooms and Gaelscoil Nas na Riogh in Nás will get €41,000 for 10 classrooms.”

“This is the first time there has been funding per classroom at primary level and I’m delighted that such significant funding has been allocated to these schools.”

“The Government is very conscious of the need to invest in education in technology from at early stage. These schools are among 72 other national schools around the country in which major construction work was completed in 2008, and which are now to receive this considerable ICT investment.”

“The National Centre for Technology in Education will advise the school of the range of equipment available and of appropriate equipment specification which may include a fixed digital projector, an internet-enabled laptop computer and a visualiser along with classroom computers.”

‘The longer term goal of the Government to increase the take-up of science, engineering and technology courses in third-level institutions to help build up what the government is calling a ‘knowledge’ economy, which will help the country remain strong in the globalised economy.”

“IT skills are required in many jobs now and this advancement in equipment provision will benefit children regardless of what industry they eventually work in,” concluded Deputy Brady.