Latest Laois News: Laois gets major Educational Disadvantage funding

Latest Laois News: Laois gets major Educational Disadvantage funding

Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris TD has today announced the distribution of €5.8m granted for community education under the Mitigating against Educational Disadvantage Fund.

The Fund was secured as part of Budget 2021 to support community education for adult learners, who have the highest level of need.

It aims to increase the participation of disadvantaged learners, particularly with the digital infrastructure including providing devices and software, and increasing their capacity to deliver online learning.

Minister Pippa Hackett welcomed the news as follows:

“Laois and Offaly ETB is to receive €447,801 for community education, which is very welcome news. This funding is designed to reduce the level of educational disadvantage experienced by many adults, particularly those who don’t have the digital skills or infrastructure to avail of online learning. Being able to take on a study course during this time of restriction is of great benefit. This funding will help to make that happen.”

Speaking today, Minister Harris said:

“We know that too many people in Ireland have difficulties with reading, with numbers or with digital skills. Some people may not have got the help they needed earlier in their lives, but what I want people to know is that there is friendly and non-judgemental help there for you now. There are services all over Ireland which will gladly assist you with the skills you’d like to learn.

“One of the things that the COVID-19 pandemic highlighted was educational inequality – be it a lack of devices like laptops or someone not having the connectivity to study online. The funding I am announcing today is specifically designed to tackle those inequalities and support access to community education.

Laois gets major Educational Disadvantage funding

“Education is for everyone, for all your life, and I am determined that my department will be part of building an inclusive Ireland where nobody is left behind.”

The fund is aimed at supporting and engaging with disadvantaged learners, reaching out, encouraging and supporting learners to re-engage with education and training and attracting new learners to engage with education and training opportunities

Crucially, it aims at helping build the digital infrastructure of providers, and their capability to ensure that online learning can be delivered in a way that meets the complex needs of all learners.


ETB     Total MAEDF Funding Allocated

Cavan and Monaghan ETB           €520,462

City of Dublin ETB   €925,141

Cork ETB       €946,669

Donegal ETB €282,892

Dublin and Dun Laoghaire ETB   €134,509

Laois gets major Educational Disadvantage funding

Galway and Roscommon ETB     €220,951

Kerry ETB      €37,278

Kildare and Wicklow ETB €14,536

Kilkenny and Carlow ETB  €27,320

Laois and Offaly ETB          €447,801

Limerick and Clare ETB     €505,750

Longford and Westmeath ETB    €173,638

Louth and Meath ETB       €385,777

Mayo, Sligo and Leitrim ETB        €274,838

Tipperary ETB          €150,446

Waterford and Wexford ETB       €788,739

TOTAL            €5,836,747