President Higgins is presented with a picture of Camara's 500,000 digitally literate student

President Higgins is presented with a photo celebrating Camara’s 500,000th digitally literate student

President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, along with his wife Sabina, attended the opening of Camara Education’s new premises in Chapelizod on 19th June 2013. He was greeted by local drummers before joining 130 supporters in what proved to be a very successful occasion, highlighting how much has been achieved by Camara since its establishment in 2005.

The President and Mrs Higgins were given a tour of Camara’s facilities by John Fitzsimons, CEO, who showed them where the computer refurbishment takes place on a daily basis. Students from Carlow Educate Together demonstrated Camara’s ‘ICT in Education’ programme on refurbished computers. The President praised Camara’s work, stating how it ‘directly improved the quality of children’s lives and gives them hope in their future’.

Carlow Education Together

Students from Carlow Educate Together demonstrate their computer skills to President Higgins and his wife

The event was broadcast live online via YouTube, so staff and volunteers from Camara’s hubs across Africa and the Caribbean could join in the celebrations. This achievement was noted by President Higgins during his speech, saying that it truly emphasised how technology can be utilised to bridge gaps in society. President Higgins stated in his speech that ‘digital technologies have the potential to transform the teaching and learning experience as they open endless possibilities in classrooms, a belief shared by Camara Education and reflected in the work we carry out.

The event would not have been possible without the kind donations from our various suppliers, or the hard work and preparation carried out by staff and volunteers. Camara Education can maintain this success only through the continued donation of computers, for more information, please click here.