09/06/17

Grant sanctioned by Minister of State Kyne for the TechSpace as Gaeilge project

 

Minister of State, Seán Kyne T.D., today announced that he has sanctioned an additional grant of €122,803 for Camara Ireland to further develop the TechSpace as Gaeilge project.  This project helps adolescents to actively create digital and technological content.  Young people learn how to make digital films, design websites and develop mobile apps and robotics, amongst other things.  Under the direction of trained instructors and mentors, the adolescents build on their computing abilities, while developing their self-confidence, social skills and social mobility, which will help them throughout their life.

In 2015, a new TechSpace as Gaeilge scheme was announced to assist schools and youth clubs in Connacht.   Grants were sanctioned for 13 schools/youth centres in Connacht under this scheme in 2016 and the project is now due to be implemented in Munster.

Announcing the grant, Minister of State Kyne said:

 “TechSpace as Gaeilge is a worthwhile project that gives teenagers an opportunity to develop their imagination and creativity while using Irish as their language of communication.  This project will continue to be developed going forward and it is intended to gradually implement it nationwide. This high standard ICT programme will support our objective of developing young people’s 21st century skills through the medium of Irish throughout the country.  This project sits closely with the aims of the 20-Year Strategy for the Irish Language 2010-2030.”

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Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, 23 Kildare Street, Dublin , D02 TD30. Tel: 01 631 3800 / LoCall: 1890 383 000

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