203 primary and post-primary schools in the county will benefit from a seven-figure investment in ICT infrastructure grants, according to Minister Joe McHugh.

The funds will come as part as €30 million worth of grants available to Donegal schools as part of the Digital Strategy ICT Infrastructure Grant for 2016/2017.

This grant is worth approximately €4,000 for a 100 pupil school and €11,000 for a 500 pupil school at primary level.

At post-primary level, the grant is worth circa €15,000 for a 500 student school and over €27,000 for a 1,000 student school.

This funding is intended to support the development and implementation of an eLearning Plan which will see schools purchase computers and tablets and flat screens.

Cloud-based tools and apps and learning platforms will also be funded to support the teaching and learning process.

“The rates payable are €2,000 per school plus €22.20 per mainstream pupil in primary schools, with additional per capita payments for pupils in DEIS schools, Special Classes and Special Schools," said McHugh.

"At post-primary, the rates payable are €2,000 per school plus €31.90 per student, with an additional per capita payment for students in DEIS schools."

“Fine Gael’s education strategy sets out a clear vision that is focused on realising the potential of digital technologies to transform the learning experiences of students, providing them with marketable digital skills as they progress through the education system,” said McHugh.

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