Schools in the Philippines benefit from DIT's Community Links Programme

DIT recently handed over 45 computers to the Columban Fathers for a number of underprivileged secondary schools in the Tandag Diocese, in the Mindinao region of the Philippines. The computers were donated as part of DIT's Community Links Programme, which aims to address both inner city, and, to an increasing degree, rural community disadvantage.

Saint Augustine's High School in the Philippines will be the main recipient of the computers. Over 350 children between 12 and 18 years of age will benefit from the donation, along with a number of adults who attend night classes at the school. A further six schools within a 30 mile radius of Saint Augustine's will receive the remaining computers from the 45 PC's, which were voluntarily reconditioned by Riona Fitzgerald, D.I.S.C Project Manger and Donagh Hoolan, Intel.

The Community Links Programme consists of a number of initiatives, including the Dublin Inner-city Computerisation Project (D.I.S.C.) a collaborative scheme involving the DIT, Dublin Inner City Partnership, National Centre for Technology in Education of the Department of Education and Hewlett Packard. D.I.S.C.'s main objective is to upgrade all inner city disadvantaged schools with new computers, peripherals and teacher training. To date 31 schools and nine community groups have been upgraded and over 700 teachers have been trained in various IT courses.

Wednesday 8 January 2003

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