Primary and post-primary schools built before 2014 are to receive a grant of up to €33,000 for ICT (Information and Communications Technology) equipment.
Announcing the news, Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton said: “Our Digital Strategy for Schools sets out a clear vision that is focused on realising the potential of digital technologies to transform the learning experiences of students.
“While we are introducing coding and computer science into the curriculum, we must also invest in the ICT infrastructure of our schools.”
The grant is the second installment of €210m committed to ICT infrastructure for schools.
The funding can be used towards computers, tablets, projectors, cloud-based tools, learning platforms and software and other infrastructure that will further the objectives of each school’s Digital Learning Plan.
“Digital technology can transform the way people learn, encouraging curiosity, exploration and creative thinking. These are the capabilities our young people will need in the future,” Minister Bruton said.
Each grant consists of a lump sum of €2,000 per school plus €21.47 for each primary pupil and €31.22 for each post-primary pupil. There are also additional per capita payments for DEIS schools, Special Classes and Special Schools.
The Department of Education and Skills estimates this will add up to almost €13,000 for a 500-student primary school, almost €18,000 for a 500-student post-primary school and over €33,000 for a 1,000-student post-primary school.
Schools built after 2014 will not receive this grant because they already received ICT funding when they were set up.