Tallaght students in primary and secondary schools will be enjoying new computers, flat screens and other high tech equipment under a new Government initiative, according to Dublin South West TD and Independent Minister, Katherine Zappone.
Under a new ‘Digital Strategy’ schools will be receiving between €4,000 and €27,000 depending on the numbers of children on their roll book.
Minister Zappone says the move will allow schools in Tallaght and surrounding communities to respond to the needs of a high-tech generation and provide training for the jobs of the future.
“This funding is being made available to schools under a €30m investment across the country to ensure they are equipped to offer high tech skills.
“The grant 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 grants of €15,000 are available for a 500 student school, and over €27,000 for a 1,000 student school.”
Some examples of equipment local 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.
Minister Zappone said now is the time to invest in the future and ensure local young people have the best opportunities to train for the jobs available in this area.
“Tallaght is a hub of high tech, cutting edge and advanced industry with many companies attracted to our communities by the availability of high skilled workers.
“Training our young people is key if we are to keep these jobs into the future and this is an opportunity to ensure our schools have high spec equipment to train children and teenagers.
“Together with the Institute of Technology as well as other post leaving certificate qualifications we have a strong educational infrastructure at every level to ensure young people in Tallaght will continue to fill the jobs of the future.”