Ripplecom, one of Ireland’s leading rural telecommunications companies, which has been installing broadband in the country’s primary schools since 2011, is celebrating the installation of broadband in its 500th school, Grange Primary School in Co. Roscommon.

Installing broadband in the country’s 4,000 primary and secondary schools is being carried out under the Department of Education’s “Broadband for Schools” programme which has been under way since 2005.Ripplecom-72

Pictured (l-r) was Emma Dwyer (age 7), Shaunagh McGrath (age 8) and Zach Smith (age 7) with Minister for Communications, Climate Change and Natural Resources, Denis Naughten and Managing Director of Ripplecom, John McDonnell. Picture Conor McCabe Photography.

The attendance at the event included local TD and new Minister for Communications, Climate Change and Natural Resources, Denis Naughten. He talked about the great advances in learning which high quality broadband was now bringing to Grange Primary School and other rural schools through the country:

“High quality broadband is transforming the way teachers are using technology to deliver education to their pupils. It helps in teaching literacy and numeracy in Junior classes, and enables teachers use whiteboards and other digital tools, as well as teaching computer literacy. Broadband is also used to access school websites and blogs, and to share information with parents.

“It is also a very valuable resource for teachers in accessing online teaching services such as scoilnet.ie. It is helping everyone, including parents, teachers and schoolchildren, to become citizens of the world”, he said.

The Managing Director of Ripplecom, Mr. John McDonnell, said that his company was delighted to play its part in such an exciting development for the Irish education sector:

“High quality broadband is transforming all our lives, and it’s vital that our young people are able to take advantage of it in the classroom. Access to broadband gives the children of Grange National School a window on the world, and it will make their time in the classroom all the more rewarding and exciting. Ripplecom is delighted to be playing its part in this technology revolution”.

Mr. McDonnell added that over the next 3 months, Ripplecom expects to install high quality broadband in a further 100 primary schools thereby bringing the total number of schools to 600  contracts won from the Department of Education and Skills.

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