Gardiner Street Primary gets Wired Up
14 May 2004:
Robyn Towell of Gardiner Street Primary School, watched by
L to R: Aisling Barry, DISC Special ICT Projects Co-ordinator; Riona Fitzgerald DISC Co-ordinator; Dominic McEvoy National Centre for Technology in Education (NCTE), National Co-ordinator - Teaching Skills Initiative.Robyn Towell.
Gardiner Street Primary School celebrated the official opening of its new state-of-the-art computer room on Friday. The new facility was installed as part of the Dublin Inner-City Schools Computerisation Project (DISC). The school is the latest beneficiary of DISC, which aims to reduce the obstacles to education and potential limitations inner-city school children can face due to lack of computer facilities. Established in 1998, DISC is a joint partnership of Dublin Institute of Technology; Hewlett Packard; the National Centre for Technology in Education and the Dublin Inner City Partnership.
Speaking at the opening Una Halligan, Government and Public Affairs Manager, Hewlett Packard Ireland said, 'Apart from the benefits that accrue in relation to education and skills, computers are an excellent tool with respect to engagement and confidence building in children. HP is delighted that the students of Gardiner Street Primary now have the opportunity to fully participate in the information society.'
The DISC project currently involves 7000 young people and 600 teachers across 40 schools. As well as supplying the schools with full multi-media computer suites, the Project provides relevant teacher training programmes, and on-going administrative, software and technical support. Each school is fully supported in every aspect of the development of their computer policy. To date 38 of the 40 schools have reached a high standard of computer hardware with 20 schools in receipt of a complete computer room consisting of computers, printers, scanners, digital cameras and data projectors.
Gardiner Street Primary School, which was the first school established by the Irish Sisters of Charity, opened on 1st February 1830. Today, with 220 children enrolled, the school continues to serve the communities living in the surrounding areas. The school is staffed by twelve class teachers and a number of learning support and special resource teachers.