Mitigating against Educational Disadvantage Fund have granted Limerick and Clare ETB over €500k in funding.
Mitigating against Educational Disadvantage Fund grant €500k to Limerick and Clare ETB
HALF a million euros has been granted to Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board from the Mitigating against Educational Disadvantage Fund.
Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris announced the distribution of €5.8m nationally for community education under the Mitigating against Educational Disadvantage Fund on Monday, February 8.
This new funding of €505,750 for Limerick and Clare ETB was secured as part of Budget 2021 to support community education for adult learners, who have the highest level of need.
The funding will help to increase the participation of disadvantaged learners in County Limerick. It encourages and supports them to re-engage with education and training and attract new learners to engage with education and training opportunities.
The fund focuses on assisting learners with digital infrastructure, including providing devices and software and increasing their capacity to deliver online learning.
Crucially, it aims to help build the digital infrastructure of providers and their capability to ensure that online learning can be delivered in a way that meets all learners’ complex needs.
A few months ago I announced a fund to help tackle educational disadvantage & support community projects across Ireland. Today we announce the distribution of the fund & show you how it’s already making a big difference. Thanks to @SOLASFET for administering this. Check it out! pic.twitter.com/7SO5NwqwrI
— Simon Harris TD (@SimonHarrisTD) February 8, 2021
Minister Niall Collins said the €505,750 had been allocated for 56 projects.
“Community education supports the needs of marginalised and disadvantaged learners. Funding for further education and training tackles inequalities and helps people learn and develop new skills that they may not have had the opportunity to earlier in life”.
“I am delighted that 56 very worthy projects have been selected for funding through the Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board. These will help people with literacy, numeracy, and digital skills, amongst others. This funding will make a real difference for learners in local Limerick communities,” said Minister Collins.
Deputy Kieran O’Donnell said this funding would help Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board support 56 projects including a wide range of community-based organisations to provide new courses designed for adult learners.
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