LUCAN schools are set to benefit from a nationwide fund of €7m to support a new design and communications graphics programme.
Local post-primary schools heard they would benefit following a recent announcement from Education and Skills Minister Jan O’Sullivan.
The Minister said she would be making available €7m in grants for schools to help implement the design and communication graphics curriculum.
All three local post-primary schools – Colaiste Padraig CBS Lucan, Lucan Community School and Kings Hospital, Palmerstown – will benefit from the new grants.
The initiative, introduced in 2007, is one of the main Leaving Certificate subjects where information technology is a central requirement in assessment methodology.
Last year, over 5,400 students sat the subject for the Leaving Certificate, and it is studied in 450 schools.
Announcing the grants, Minister O’Sullivan said: “My Department recognises the importance of design and communications graphics as it directly contributes to the key skills required in Ireland’s knowledge-based economy.
“It incorporates principles of science, materials, manufacture, design, technology and information technology.
“[The area] is growing in schools here. In 2012, 5,319 candidates sat the exam, with the predicted 2015 figure standing at 5,705. The allocated funding has been increased accordingly and will ensure that this important subject continues to go from strength to strength. Letters will issue to schools detailing the amount of money they’re being allocated.
“Solidworks is a worldwide industry leader in parametric CAD software and today’s announcement will ensure Irish students will remain at the cutting edge of design technology.”
Fujitsu Ireland, with its partners Smart Schools and Total Import Solutions, is supplying the desktop computers. Notebook computers are being supplied by PC Peripherals. The Minister said: “[Design and communication graphics] is growing in schools here. In 2012, 5,319 candidates sat the exam, with the predicted 2015 figure standing at 5,705.
Cllr Ed O’Brien (FF) told The Gazette: “I always welcome investment in local schools, I went to Colaiste Padraig myself. The grant complements the works the schools are doing. This kind of a grant is a just reward for the teachers and the board of management of the schools.”