Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Camara Ireland Press Release

Camara’s ambitious plans to empower 3 million disadvantaged students boosted by grantfrom Google.org €560,000 grant to fund outreach in 70 schools in Ireland and Kenya. 


Camara Education, the Irish NGO which recently announced ambitious plans to positively impact the lives of 3 million disadvantaged students, has announced it is to receive a grant from Google.org, the philanthropic arm of Google. 

Camara Education’s mission is to transform education using technology, empowering disadvantaged students in both Ireland and Kenya. A €560,000 grant from Google.org will see Camara delivering technology planning, teacher professional development and computers to 44 schools in Ireland and 26 schools in Kenya, impacting the lives of 29,000 students. In Ireland, Camara’s work will support the implementation of the Digital Strategy for Schools and help to address specific goals in the 2017 Action Plan released by Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton last week. The in-depth engagement with the schools includes development of a whole school technology plan, provision of computers, and a suite of innovative professional learning experiences for teachers and principals. Education bodies like Educate Together, Trinity Access 21, the NAPD (National Association for Principals and Deputy Principals), and the JMB (Joint Managerial Body) will be involved in the programme. Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton said, “It is great to see organisations like Camara and Google.org working together to support schools in embedding the use of digital technologies in teaching and learning, complementing the measures that will be implemented through my Department’s Digital Strategy for Schools 2015-2020.” In partnership with the national network of Education Centres, Camara will also be making an ‘Introduction to Computer Science’ course available to all teachers across the country. 
Teachers will be introduced to CS First, Google’s online programme for Computer Science education for 9-14 year olds that aims to increase students confidence when using computers and grow their perseverance to tackle difficult problems. John Fitzsimons, Camara Education CEO said; “Our vision is to deliver real impact through technology and to inspire and empower a young generation to improve their life opportunities. Working with educational institutions to support them in the integration of technology to deliver better educational outcomes, better grades and 21 st Century Skills is the core of our work. 
This grant from Google.org is hugely significant and will help us reach our ambitious target of impacting an additional 3 million learners over the next three years”. Shane Nolan, Director, Google Ireland said; “At Google, we’re passionate about how new technologies can transform the way we learn. Camara Education shares our belief in the power of technology and education to inspire and empower young people to develop critical skills for their futures. We are pleased to support Camara in its work in Ireland and Kenya. “In particular, we are excited that Camara will help Irish teachers develop the confidence and skills to introduce Computer Science (CS) in the primary school classroom. Embedding CS as a fundamental and rigorous subject throughout the entire school curriculum - including the introduction of CS as a Leaving Certificate subject from 2018 - will support and encourage the next generation of technology leaders and problem solvers who will help drive a new wave of innovation in Ireland”. 

As part of the grant, Google employees are also volunteering in Camara’s Dublin office, sharing their knowledge and skills with the Camara team. Ends. For further information please contact: Camara Google Steven Daly, CEO Camara Ireland, Laurie Mannix, MKC Google Press Office steven@camara.org, 086 8231328 press-ie@google.com, 086 8143710 


NOTES TO THE EDITOR: 

Project Details Ireland In Ireland Camara will work with 44 schools in the Leinster region. In each school Camara will work with school leaders to establish or enhance a school Technology Plan as part of the Department of Education and Skills Digital Strategy for Schools. http://www.education.ie/en/Publications/Policy-Reports/Digital-Strategy-Action-Plan-2017.pdf 

As part of this plan Camara will deliver up to 26 devices to each school, along with targeted teacher professional development. Camara will then continue to work with each school for three years to support them in the implementation of their Technology Plan and the Digital Strategy for Schools with an ongoing programme of CPD and engagement. Kenya In Kenya Camara will work with 26 schools in Nairobi and the coastal regions of Mombasa and Kilfi. 
Camara will establish new computer labs in each school, training teachers to support the use of numeracy and literacy software. Camara estimate that in the region of 15,000 young Kenyans will gain access to improved literacy and numeracy education through this project. About Camara Camara Education is a non-profit international education organisation dedicated to deliver real impact through technology and to inspire and empower a young generation to improve life opportunities. Our vision is a world-class technology-enabled education accessible to all. Our mission is to transform education using technology to empower disadvantaged students. 
Those who engage with Camara subscribe to the following beliefs: Poverty is unacceptable in the 21st century. Education is the key to alleviating poverty. Technology has the ability to radically improve education. Since 2005, Camara has enabled over two million young people to achieve better educational outcomes and thus improve their life opportunities, through training 26,000+ teachers across 5,300 schools and educational institutes, and installing 90,000+ ICT devices. About Google.org Google.org, the philanthropic arm of Google, supports nonprofits that innovate to address humanitarian issues. Google.org was created to pursue, experiment with, and build upon ideas to improve the world, and continues to take an iterative approach to philanthropy today. Google.org develops and invests in pursuits that can have measurable impact on local, regional and global issues, and rallies Google’s people in support of these efforts with a singular goal of creating a better world, faster.