Dell has announced that it is providing and improving disadvantaged students’ access to ICT in education in partnership with non-profit organisation Camara.
The project will involve the establishment of e-learning centres in Benincasa School in Blackrock, Dublin and St Gabriels School, Dooradoyle, Limerick. Dell will provide 68 devices in total, including Dell Inspiron laptops and Dell XPS tablets to both schools.
The programme will run for three years and is about providing access to technology and hence improved computer literacy skills. In turn, the quality of education the students receive in other subjects will be improved.
A combination of support from Camara and Dell will see teacher training being carried out to ensure all staff can use devices effectively in the classroom.
“Given technology is part of everything we do in our daily lives ICT education is crucial in providing students with the best possibilities for the future,” said Liam Halpin, general manager of Dell Ireland.
“In partnership with Camara we have researched schools in the localities in which we operate that would benefit from the resources on offer from this grant, and feel that Benicasa and St Gabriels are two worthy schools which will gain huge advantage from the additional ICT resources. We look forward to engaging with the schools over the coming three years, and supporting them through provision of tutoring and hardware support where necessary.”
CEO of Camara Education John Fitzsimons added: “We are very excited about this partnership, which we know will be very beneficial for the students attending these schools. This is one project which is part of our larger scale organisation’s work, and is a strong example of how collaboration with large organisations within communities in which they operate can be hugely beneficial for those working and living around them. Introducing technology at an early age is key for the younger generation. It is wonderful to see just how engaged students in these schools are with the technology, and to envisage the opportunities which these advantages will present them in the future, we are grateful to Dell for working with us on it.”