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LEDP supports Scoil Iosagain - Pictured at Scoil Iosagain CBS Primary School were Principal Dennis Barry, Deputy Principal Doireann Garrard, Br James Dormer and students, along with LEDP CEO Niall O’Callaghan and George Lee, Manager of Community Initiatives LEDP. Picture: Dermot Lynch LEDP supports Scoil Iosagain - Pictured at Scoil Iosagain CBS Primary School were Principal Dennis Barry, Deputy Principal Doireann Garrard, Br James Dormer and students, along with LEDP CEO Niall O’Callaghan and George Lee, Manager of Community Initiatives LEDP. Picture: Dermot Lynch

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LEDP supports Scoil Iosagain CBS Primary School with laptop donation

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LEDP supports Scoil Iosagain – Pictured at Scoil Iosagain CBS Primary School were Principal Dennis Barry, Deputy Principal Doireann Garrard, Br James Dormer and students, along with LEDP CEO Niall O’Callaghan and George Lee, Manager of Community Initiatives LEDP. Picture: Dermot Lynch

LEDP supports Scoil Iosagain CBS Primary School with laptop donation

When students utilise the right tools to succeed, they have an opportunity to shine brightly. In order to make that happen, schools and education institutions are increasingly providing technology equipment. However, with limited funding and resources, many DEIS schools across Limerick rely on donations and external financial aid to meet those student technology needs.

To assist in meeting those needs within the local community, Limerick Enterprise Development Partnership (LEDP) has worked collaboratively with Scoil Iosagain CBS Primary School to close the gap with those students who have learning difficulties. LEDP management visited the school earlier this week on Sexton St. to donate a suite of laptops for specific educational use. The laptops were part of a surplus supply of equipment at LEDP, originally supporting a pilot course in partnership with Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board on Environmental Studies during the pandemic, which encouraged adults from the Southside of Limerick to re-enter the workforce.

It has been recognised the ‘digital divide’ experienced by students in need has been exacerbated by the pandemic and risks of learning regression among students from low progression areas remains a serious concern. Responding to LEDP’s donation, principal of Scoil Iosagain CBS Primary School, Mr. Denis Barry said “This donation from LEDP is timely as we get back to class based teaching and aim to ensure no one student has a barrier to learning and growing in our school. The laptops will allow us to provide high quality teaching and reach out to disadvantaged pupils who are in our care. It will allow them to participate and feel part of the school community, and we are grateful to LEDP for facilitating our work.”

The laptop donation for CBS Primary School marks another effort from LEDP to connect people to opportunities through education and have a meaningful impact in the community, a key strategic objective. Niall O’Callaghan, CEO of LEDP said “We recognised an opportunity to provide our community with the tools and equipment to close the digital divide and enhance technology access in Scoil Iosagain. We are part of an overall ecosystem, and we want to maintain a healthy one through these education supporting initiatives. This is our community and when we have opportunities to provide support in any capacity, we will do so.”

About Scoil Iosagain CBS Primary School

Scoil Iosagain CBS Primary School is a Christian Brothers Primary School located in Sexton St, Limerick city. It is a senior boy’s school catering for boys from 2nd to 6th class with over 200 students and a multicultural mix of over 40 nationalities.

About Limerick Enterprise Development Partnership (LEDP)

Limerick Enterprise Development Partnership (LEDP) is now 22 years in existence and emerged from the ashes of the devastating closure of the Krups factory in 1998 with the loss of over 550 jobs. As a unique charity funded by its commercial property, LEDP has in that time successfully contributed to the social fabric of Limerick City South through job creation, training and education and is a key stimulator for enterprise development and regeneration. There are now 35 enterprises and 1,000 jobs on site at Roxboro with over €70M invested there since 2001. The new ‘Innovation Hub’ boasts a state-of-the-art training and education facility, and working closely with key education, industry and other stakeholders in the region, will continue to act as a beacon for future job creation.

As well as accommodating charities, state agencies and commercial tenants in the LEDP building, LEDP runs the Family Tree Crèche in Roxboro which it built in 2005, and owns the Market Field Stadium in Garryowen, which it redeveloped to a UEFA Category Two Stadium. LEDP has been synonymous with the ongoing transformation of Limerick supporting community projects and bespoke initiatives and is a co-signature of the Limerick Charter: Commitment to Cohesion and Convergence.

LEDP’s mission is ‘connecting people to opportunities through enterprise, education and upskilling, benevolence, and advocacy’. We recognise the need to achieve a balance between our benevolent role and the need to be commercially sustainable. Their vision is one of ‘realising the full potential of the people of Limerick’.

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