To date IBM has donated over 800 Young Explorers to schools in the 32 counties of Ireland. The IBM KidSmart Programme integrates interactive teaching and learning activities using the latest technology into the pre-school and primary school curricula.
“Over the past ten years in Ireland, IBM has helped well over 1,000 teachers with the KidSmart programme, supporting early years pupils to gain confidence, improve their literacy and numeracy, improve their motivation to learn and helping to develop young children’s social and communication skills", said Deirdre Kennedy, Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs Manager, IBM Ireland.
For further information on IBM's KidSmart Early Learning Programme visit www.ibm.com/ibm/ibmgives/grant/education/programs/kidsmart.shtml (US)
This year schools in Dublin city and county have been invited to apply for inclusion in the programme, closing date for completed applications is July 8th, 2010. IBM partners with the National Centre for Technology in Education (NCTE) for the donations programme in the Republic of Ireland.