€1.26 million to be invested in ICT infrastructure for Donegal schools

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203 schools in Donegal are set to share almost €1.3 million to develop Information and communications technology.

It follows Education Minister Richard Bruton's announcement of a €30m fund to boost ICT infrastructure in primary and post-primary schools.



Statement in full -

Fine Gael Minister of State Joe McHugh has confirmed that €1,268,779 is available to schools here in Donegal to develop Information and communications technology.

My Fine Gael colleague, the Minister for Education Richard Bruton, has confirmed to me that he is investing €30m in ICT infrastructure grants for primary and post-primary schools.

“The Digital Strategy ICT Infrastructure Grant for 2016/2017 is worth approximately €4,000 for a 100 pupil school and approximately €11,000 for a 500 pupil school at primary level. At post-primary level, the grant is worth circa €15,000 for a 500 student school, and over €27,000 for a 1,000 student school. This grant will benefit 203 schools here in Donegal.

“The funding will support the development and implementation of an eLearning Plan for each school to embed ICT in teaching and learning.

“Some examples of the infrastructure that schools can purchase with this funding are:

•             Teaching computers/shared student computers. These may include desktop PCs, laptops, tablets or hybrid devices.

•             Projectors including short throw or ultra-short throw, long throw, interactive, or interactive flat screens (IFS).

•             Cloud based tools and applications to support learning.

•             Learning platforms – these are generally cloud based applications used to support the teaching and learning process.

“The rates payable are €2,000 per school plus €22.20 per mainstream pupil in primary schools, with additional per capita payments for pupils in DEIS schools, Special Classes and Special Schools. At post-primary, the rates payable are €2,000 per school plus €31.90 per student, with an additional per capita payment for students in DEIS schools.

“Fine Gael’s education strategy sets out a clear vision that is focussed on realising the potential of digital technologies to transform the learning experiences of students, providing them with marketable digital skills as they progress through the education system.”