Schools Go Digital with the Nerve Centre

Schools Go Digital with the Nerve Centre

The Nerve Centre has launched its Creative Digital Classrooms project, which has seen the installation of digital media equipment and suites in 17 special and primary schools across the city.

The project, led by the Nerve Centre with support from Ilex, the urban regeneration company for Derry~Londonderry, aims to support the delivery of Creative Access in the Digital Age, one of the ten major strands of the UK City of Culture 2013 programme and a key element in the digital strategy for 2013. 

Ilex’s cultural broker Caoimhin Corrigan said: 'This project will encourage young people from communities across the city to develop their creative abilities in digital media and gain an official ICT qualification from CCEA. It will equip them with technical skills and knowledge which will stand them in good stead for future learning, study and eventually the world of work. It is also another positive step towards transforming our city into a creative and connected digital hub.'

The Nerve Centre was awarded £100,000 by the Department for Social Development for 10 digital media suites to be installed in 10 primary and special schools in the city to support the delivery of Creative Access in the Digital Age, one of the ten major strands of the UK City of Culture 2013 programme and a key element in the digital strategy for 2013.  The grant specifically went towards the purchase of iMac Computers, Macbook pros, Apple TV, Apple iPad 2 and accessories.  Funding was also provided by DCAL through the Arts Council for Northern Ireland with support from the Culture Company.

The Nerve Centre’s director of education John Peto said: 'The Nerve Centre's Creative Digital Classrooms project has allowed us to build on over a decade of work with local primary and special schools in building digital skills and enhancing learning. The scale of this project, delivering creative hardware directly into 17 schools, with a further 5 partnership schools also involved, and for use by hundreds of young people across the Derry City Council area, allows us to use the platform of 2013 and the UK City of Culture to deliver systemic change in how our young people engage with learning and deliver a real and meaningful legacy for years to come.'

The Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland added: 'The investment in this equipment will provide improved facilities for pupils and teachers and will allow children from the local communities the chance to develop their creative abilities and gain qualifications.'

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