Cork based Fine Gael Senator, Tim Lombard, has welcomed the announcement that 347 primary schools in Cork are now enjoying higher speed broadband connectivity.
“I am delighted to see our local primary schools benefitting from improved broadband access and quality.
“Since 2012 347 local schools have seen their connections improve, now enjoying download speeds of up to or in excess of 30 mbps. This will greatly enhance educational facilities as well as supporting the administrative functions in our primary schools.
“Every single one of our local secondary schools has been serviced with high speed connectivity since 2015, and I am delighted this has now extended to so many of our younger Cork pupils. We will continue to work hard to ensure every school in Ireland has access to high speed broadband.
“My Fine Gael colleague, Education Minister Richard Bruton, is providing €180 million over the next four years to primary and secondary schools in extra grants for IT equipment. The increases in broadband reach and level will ensure our local schools get the very best out of this new computer equipment.
“The Digital Strategy for Schools 2015-2020 Enhancing Teaching Learning and Assessment, sets out Fine Gael in Government’s vision for embedding ICT in teaching learning and assessment in primary and secondary schools.
“No matter what career a young person contemplates, one thing is almost certain, digital technology is revolutionising it. For the youngest generation, creative thinking and problem-solving skills will prove significant for their development and achieving their potential. In particular, their ability to critically analyse and develop solutions in the digital world will be vital for their future prospects.
“The Digital Strategy for Schools 2015-2020 has a vision to realise the potential of digital technologies for enhancing teaching, learning and assessment so that Ireland’s young people become engaged thinkers, active learners, knowledge constructors and global citizens, able to participate fully in society and the economy.
“We want to ensure that Ireland is well placed to take advantage of the digital revolution which is having such a transformative effect on our economy, workplace, and lifestyle.
“I am thrilled that the pupils in Cork have the connectivity supports to facilitate digital learning throughout their primary and secondary education. It will ensure they are equipped with skills for the future.”