We have just received some very exciting news! St. Peter’s has become the first school in Ireland to receive funding under Salesforce.org’s Circle the Schools programme. Under the scheme – originally developed in the US – St. Peter’s will receive $100,000 (€92,000) grant to upgrade it’s digital literacy, special educational needs and STEM teaching capabilities.
A portion of the grant will go towards the creation of a new computer room with state of the art technology and also towards the creation of a multi-sensory room. This room will allow students a place to aid creativity and support those with complex needs.
In the words of Charlotte Finn, Vice-President, EMEA programmes at Salesforce.Org, ‘School is a place where children’s futures are shaped and we believe that all children should have the same opportunities for their future development. Circle the Schools is an important initiative that gives schools the necessary resources to make significant difference to children’s lives’.
Salesforce employees will also have an important role to play in this partnership. In addition to assisting children with STEM projects and setting up a Coder Dojo, Salesforce employees will be rolling out an ICT programme to help parents get up to speed with technology, enabling them to support their children’s development in this area.
Dr. David Dempsey, Executive Director and Senior Vice-President at Salesforce, believes that ‘We have such a vibrant technology sector in this country and the opportunities that exist within it are only going to continue to grow. We need to make sure that we support our young people so that they are in a position to take advantage. We are delighted to be able to lend our expertise to work holistically with the children, teachers and parents at St. Peter’s Bray to further this cause’.
For further details please see http://www.salesforce.org/salesforce-org-brings-circle-schools-uk-ireland/ and http://www.techcentral.ie/salesforce-gives-bray-school-upgrade-round/
We look forward to developing a shared vision with Salesforce and are very grateful to them for this fantastic opportunity. I will keep you updated throughout the development of the project.