€3.75m digital learning fund for schools in Sligo, Leitrim and Donegal

Almost €3.75m in funding has been allocated for Sligo, Leitrim and Donegal schools to provide infrastructure for digital focused teaching and learning.

327 primary and post primary schools across the north west are set to benefit.

Minister for Education, Norma Foley announced a national fund of €50m under the National Recovery and Resilience Plan, which is drawn from the EU’s Covid-19 recovery package.

Funding will be paid directly to schools in the free education scheme with the purpose of investing in digital infrastructure such as providing devices on loan to students.

Minister Foley said young people must be prepared to ‘learn, work and live in a digital world.’

Sligo has been allocated €540,000 for the 68 national schools in the county and a further €247,000 for 12 secondary schools.

€290,000 is going to 37 primary schools in Leitrim and €97,000 for the 7 secondary schools.

While Co. Donegal’s 176 primary schools will avail of almost €1.8m and 27 secondary schools are to receive almost €800,000.

The amount of money made available for each school is based on the number of pupils enrolled with the lowest allocations for schools with 99 pupils or less.

DEIS primary schools will receive between €10,000 and €74,500 and non DEIS primary schools will receive between €5,000 and €37,000.

Post primary DEIS schools are to be allocated between €16,000 and €74,500 while non DEIS secondary schools will get a figure between €8,000 and €37,000.