€1.059 Million has been allocated to Dublin ETB’s from the Mitigating against Educational Disadvantage Fund, Fine Gael Senator Seery Kearney has said. Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris TD recently announced the distribution of €5.8m nationally for community education under the fund. Seery Kearney said: “This new funding for City of Dublin & Dublin and Dun Laoghaire 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 Dublin. It encourages and supports them to re-engage with education and training and also helps attract new learners to engage with education and training opportunities.
“The fund has a particular focus on assisting learners with digital infrastructure, including providing devices and software, and increasing their capacity to deliver online learning. “Crucially, it aims at helping build the digital infrastructure of providers, and their capability to ensure that online learning can be delivered in a way that meets the complex needs of all learners”, Seery Kearney concluded.
Minister Simon Harris added: “We know that too many people in Ireland have difficulties with reading, with numbers or with digital skills. Some people may not have got the help they needed earlier in their lives, but what I want people to know is that there is friendly and non-judgemental help there for you now. There are services all over Ireland which will gladly assist you with the skills you’d like to learn. “One of the things that the COVID-19 pandemic highlighted was educational inequality – be it a lack of devices like laptops or someone not having the connectivity to study online. The funding I am announcing today is specifically designed to tackle those inequalities and support access to community education. “Education is for everyone, for all your life, and I am determined that my department will be part of building an inclusive Ireland where nobody is left behind.”