Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 20 December 2014

Computer scheme for Lower Falls

The iPads, managed by the West Belfast Partnership, will be loaned to schools and community groups in the area for educational use
The iPads, managed by the West Belfast Partnership, will be loaned to schools and community groups in the area for educational use

A £20,000 scheme to buy community tablet computers for one of Belfast's most-deprived areas has been unveiled.

The project is being rolled out in the Lower Falls, which has some of the highest rates of poverty. If successful, it could be extended to other areas.

The iPads, managed by the West Belfast Partnership, will be loaned to schools and community groups in the area for educational use.

Culture Minister Caral Ni Chuilin, whose department has financed the pilot scheme, said it would benefit families caught in the poverty trap.

"This project will support numeracy and literacy initiatives in schools as well as other projects linked to areas such as health, after-school revision classes and life-long learning.

"Overall it will help young people in the Lower Falls area to realise their true potential and support efforts to tackle social exclusion and lift communities out of the poverty trap.

"I hope this pilot project can provide a template for similar work elsewhere as well as further support to community-driven approaches to transforming areas of need and growing our creative industries."

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