Recycled computer hardware is put to good use at school

RECYCLED computer hardware will be put to good use at a primary school in Crumlin which was donated by Rehab Recycle, the social enterprise employing people with disabilities.

Mark Maguire, Rehab Recycle manager, delivered a set of refurbished desktop computers free of charge to the pupils of Scoil Íosagáin in Crumlin recently who were in need of laptop computers for their classrooms.

“We were contacted by one of the teachers, Kenneth, initially because some teachers in the school were in need of laptop computers, and we were happy to be able to provide them free of charge,” Mark explained.

“Following that, Kenneth told me that he would love to have a PC in every class. Thanks to some of our recycling partners, including Maynooth University, AIB, and Bidvest Noonan, we were able to provide 10 fully refurbished desktop computers complete with Windows and MS Office. There are children who will really benefit from access to this technology, and it will enable them to enhance their digital skills.”

Recycled computer hardware is put to good use at school

The donation of the PC’s will enable the school to have a permanent computer station in the classrooms, allowing flexibility for the students and the teachers. If the class of students are working on something, a student with additional support needs can now use the computer in the room to continue their learning with programmes that are focused for them.

“With us being a DEIS school, we’re trying to fundraise for so many things all at once, so we only have a small amount of money for ICT. To be able to get low-cost or free computers, it’s a no brainer, it’s a huge help. It means everything to us,” said third class teacher Kenneth O’Meara.

“For the children, there’s so much more engagement with technology. It’s more fun, it’s more interactive, and they get much more out of that. It’s a great motivation. Technology can be very beneficial especially for students with additional support needs because of the particular programmes that they can use.

“A student can spend 10 or 15 minutes doing a reading or maths programme, they can spend time with headphones on, and learn word processing skills, research skills, and typing skills. It’s another aspect of finding out information. Students can access digital programmes that they never had before,” said Kenneth.

Mark added: “Rehab Recycle is delighted to help Scoil Íosagáin by providing refurbished tech that will enhance the educational experience of students, equipment that has been expertly refurbished by our employees, and to top it all, no equipment is wasted in the process.”

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