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Intel Continues to Invest in Irelands Future Generation

One of the most disadvantaged urban schools in Ireland, St. Finbarr’s Boys National School, received a huge boost to technology in its classrooms today, when Intel Ireland awarded the school 30 new Fizzbook laptops as winner of their eSchools competition.

St. Finbarr’s BNS, in the heart of  Cabra West is a small school consisting of 114 boys and 11 teachers working together to combat the negative effects of social disadvantage by encouraging pupils to stay in education for as long as possible despite their socio-economic backgrounds.

Speaking at a special ceremony hosted in the school today, Principal Maeve Daly, spoke of the phenomenal excitement in the school since they found out they won the Intel eSchools competition.

She described the positive impact the prize of 30 laptops will have on the school; “Thirty laptops will ensure that every boy will get access to a computer every day.  This prize will prepare the boys for lifelong learning, further education and future employment.”

Also speaking at the event was Intel Ireland Director of Corporate Affairs, Brendan Cannon.  He expressed his delight at the positive impact Intel Ireland is able to make to the quality of learning in the school and emphasised the importance of technology in the classroom; “ICT is an essential element in the classroom in order to develop 21st century skills, interaction in the classroom and problem solving skills.”

The eSchools competition is run annually by Intel to enable Irish primary schools to embrace the use of wireless technology in a classroom environment which is one of Intel’s objectives of supporting further education.

The launch was also attended by Mary Lou McDonald TD who congratulated Intel for this initiative.  “It is so important to give primary school children access to technology and spark an interest in Maths and Science at a very early age.  And for a school like St. Finbarrs this initiative makes it possible, Intel is to be commended for it.”

Paschal Donohoe, TD, was also in attendance and noted the importance of technology in education.  “An event like this forms a crucial part of what our country is about.  Technology will make it easier for our children to give the best of themselves.”

Intel has been involved in Education since it first came to Ireland in 1989 and in that time have spent more than €30 million driving programmes which support transformation in curriculum, infrastructure and teacher development.

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