€50M ICT Grants for Schools-30th Nov 20

Digital Strategy for Schools 2015-2020

€50 Million in ICT Grant funding for 2020/2021 has been announced for Schools (30th Nov 2020), as the fifth installment of the €210 Million the Government have committed to investing under the Digital Strategy for Schools.

 

On 30th November 2020, the Minister for Education, Norma Foley T.D., has announced €50 Million in ICT Funding for schools. This investment is the fifth installment of the €210 Million the Government is investing under the Digital Strategy for Schools. Grant funding for the purchase of ICT infrastructure will issue to all eligible primary and post primary schools to enable them to embed the use of digital technology in teaching and learning. School do not need to apply for the Grant.The ICT Grant is expected to be paid to schools by mid December 2020.

Minister Foley said: “This funding, including €10m for Covid-19 specific measures, will allow schools to put in place robust systems to enable the use of digital technologies within the school, and also provide for remote learning. Those measures can include the purchase of digital devices to loan to students and teachers, software, essential learning platforms and other ICT solutions as determined by the needs of the individual school. 

“There is little doubt that the potential and importance of digital learning and the use of digital technologies has come into sharper focus in light of recent experiences. Digital learning is an essential component of a modern curriculum, and this funding will help schools to equip their students with the skills and competencies they will need to thrive. 

“This year’s extended period of school closure has served to underscore the immense value of education and its power in our children and young people’s lives. Investment in education is one of this government’s top priorities.  I am delighted to announce this funding today to assist schools to support their digital technology programmes, as well as broader teaching and learning.”

The link to the 30th Nov 2020 Press Release is Here:

Support available under the Digital Strategy for Schools include a Digital Learning Framework to assist schools in their efforts to embed the use of digital technologies in teaching, learning and assessment. An updated resource for e-learning planning has also been made available to schools to assist in developing and enhancing schools’ Digital Learning Plans, called Digital Learning Planning Guidelines. Further information on planning can be found http://www.pdsttechnologyineducation.ie/en/Planning and https://www.dlplanning.ie/

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