A major package of investment in education has been announced as part of the long-term Project Ireland 2040, a €116 billion investment and development plan over the next decade.
The large investment falls under a government action plan to make Ireland’s education and training services the best in Europe by 2026.
The 11.9 billion spent on the Irish education system will deliver a 70% increase in schools capital funding compared to the last decade.
It will nearly treble the amount of capital funding to higher education sector as compared to the last decade.
And a new dedicated capital budget line will be put in place for the further education and training sector of €300 million for the ten year duration of Project Ireland 2040.
Wicklow TD and government minister Simon Harris said “Project Ireland 2040 represents a significant shift in how we as a country plan for our future development. This is hugely positive news for our school community in Co Wicklow as it means we’re significantly increasing the amount we invest in our schools, colleges and universities.”
“I am particularly pleased that we’ll be investing in PE halls – modernising old ones and building new ones – to ensure all post primary students can use state of the art PE facilities. Many of the schools that I am working with in Co Wicklow for example East Glendalough, need capital investment in order put proper PE facilities in place. This is really positive news in this regard. This will be especially important as we phase in PE as a Leaving Cert exam subject. Education doesn’t just drive economic success, it’s also crucial to giving everyone the opportunity to fulfil their full potential.”
“I am delighted this plan includes a €300m capital specifically for Further Education and Training over the course of the 10 year period 2018-2027. With €65m already agreed for 2018-21, this represents an additional €235m over the remaining period of Plan. The additional capital supports will be prioritised to address issues with the condition of the existing capital stock, to roll out critical new apprenticeship syllabi and courses and to consolidate the provision of further education and training in modern, fit-for-purpose facilities that enable the delivery of high quality integrated programmes.”