Sight-impaired children complete cross-border project

Education minister Martin McGuinness has presented ten sight-impaired children involved in a cross-border project with personal computers.

Children involved in the Internet Project – organised by the Royal National Institute of the Blind NI (RNIB (NI)) – had been working closely with children from St Joseph's School in Dublin for over a year to develop proficiency in Internet and email use.

During a ceremony held at the RNIB's headquarters in Belfast, the Education Minister praised the participants for their efforts and presented each child with a personal computer.

Speaking at the presentation, Mr McGuinness said: “The partnership that resulted in this project is a fine example of what can be achieved when organisations and individuals pool their resources and expertise to provide our young people with the very best.”

Susan Reid, Director of RNIB Northern Ireland, said: “We have been delighted to have this opportunity to work closely with St Joseph’s in Dublin. It is evident that this project has not only enhanced the children’s computer skills, but through the interactive weekends, has added considerably to their social skills."

The Internet Project was jointly funded by the RNIB NI and by Co-operation Ireland. The participants of the project were children with sight problems aged between 9 and 16 years of age – with eight children from Dublin and 10 from Northern Ireland.

Schools which participated in the project were: Jordanstown School, Belfast; Glengormley Primary School, Belfast; Rathmore Grammar, Belfast; Integrated College, Dungannon; St Franchea’s Secondary, Enniskillen; Loughview Integrated Primary,Belfast; and St Joseph’s, Dublin.

RNIB is one of the UK’s biggest charities and it employs 22 people in the province providing direct and indirect services to the 24,000 people estimated to have severe sight problems in Northern Ireland.

The Internet Project was funded by the EU Peace and Reconciliation Fund and administered by Co-operation Ireland and the RNIB NI.


Related Northern Ireland News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

04 January 2012
Recognition For First APM Register Project Professionals
The Association for Project Management (APM) has recognised the first Northern Ireland recipients of its new APM Registered Project Professional (RPP) designation.
16 September 2019
NI School Principals To Vote On Strike Action
A number of school principals in Northern Ireland are set to vote on strike action. The National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) union is balloting its members, including many local school heads, to gather support for industrial action. The ballot will be open for two weeks, closing on 30 September.
10 September 2008
Report Investigates Horse Breeding Project Failures
A Northern Ireland audit report has revealed an innovative Co Fermanagh horse breeding project collapsed, despite receiving a grant of more than £3 million. The Irish Sport Horse Genetic Testing Unit was set up in 1996 as an ambitious project to breed elite performance horses. Despite receiving £3.
02 March 2018
Schools Closures Across NI
The Department of Education have published a list of all schools across that have confirmed they will be closed today, Friday 2nd March, 2018 due to the adverse weather conditions.
31 October 2013
Funding Unlocked For L'Derry's Vacant Spaces
Funding has been approved for a project to bring empty commercial space in the centre of L'Derry back into use. Announcing the funding, Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland said: "Like other town and city centres across Northern Ireland, Londonderry is suffering considerably as a result of the economic downturn.