Students from Carlow Educate Together showcased their ‘ICT in Education’ programme for President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina, at the opening of Camara’s computer reuse centre in Chapelizod, Dublin, on Wednesday 19 June.

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President Higgins chats with students and teachers from Carlow Educate Together

Speaking at the event President Higgins said: “Digital technologies have the potential to transform the teaching and learning experience as they open endless possibilities in classrooms. Wherever a student is learning around the world – access to a rich variety of digital resources can expand their horizon”. The facility refurbishes computers, donated by Irish organisations and individuals, for use in education in disadvantaged communities in Ireland, Africa and the Caribbean.

Students demonstrated their computer skills, showing the President, and over 140 guests, the different applications they use in school. John Fitzsimons, CEO of Camara, said: “The students from Carlow Educate Together were the highlight of our event. They really brought to life the benefits of ICT in education and how technology can enhance the learning process”.

Camara Ireland partnered with Carlow Educate Together to establish an eLearning centre, equipped with refurbished computers, and provided training and support to teachers.

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Students from Carlow Educate Together welcome President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina, with John Fitzsimons, CEO, Camara Education (left)

Camara recently won an ICT Excellence Award for their use of technology in education.  Since 2005, over 40,000 computers have been sent to eLearning labs in 2,000 schools, with 11,000 teachers receiving training and support. 500,000 children are now digitally literate. One refurbished computer can provide 21 children with digital literacy skills.

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