List of Grantees
The Ireland Funds are strategically placed to ensure that grant recipients utilize resources efficiently. Our grant process ensures clear objectives with measurable results. We support vital work by determining the areas with most need and working with donors where their gifts can be most effective. Examples of the 1,200+ projects we have assisted are below.
- Daria Sheehan, Vice President of the Citigroup Foundation.
TeachNet Ireland is modelled on the highly successful TeachNet project developed by Teachers Network, a not-for-profit organisation based in the US. St. Patrick's College, Drumcondra, hosts the project in Ireland and the major project sponsor is The Citigroup Foundation. Additional sponsorship is provided by The Ireland Funds, Microsoft and the Irish National Centre for Technology in Education. TeachNet Ireland is part of a growing international network consisting of affiliates from across the US, Ireland and the UK. Arising from the success of the US and Irish project, Citigroup has more recently funded TeachNet UK.
The TeachNet Ireland project provides professional development and support to teachers in Irish primary and post-primary schools to enable them to develop and publish online curriculum resources to the wider teaching community. To date the project has published over 200 digital teaching and learning resources "by teachers for teachers" and these are available free of charge through the www.teachnet.ie website. By working with teachers, TeachNet is ensuring students benefit from using technology throughout their school lives.
All 4,200 Irish schools are currently being connected to broadband as part of the Irish Government's strategic investment in providing Irish teachers and students with high-speed access to the World Wide Web. This investment is a key component to develop a Knowledge Economy where all citizens are competent users of technology. The TeachNet Ireland project is contributing to the development of this Knowledge Economy by supporting Irish teachers' effective use of 21st century technology in their classrooms.
According to Aidan Brady, Country Corporate Officer, Citigroup Ireland, the TeachNet project meets the aims of the Citigroup Foundation, "A major aim of the Citigroup Foundation is to ensure that children are given access to a high-quality education that helps them acquire the knowledge and skills to find a rewarding career, manage their lives, and fully participate in society."
TeachNet Ireland has developed a peer-to-peer support network which provides teachers with a framework enabling them to publish educational websites. The provision of appropriate teacher support and professional development is a worldwide challenge. A recent external evaluation, carried out by NUI Maynooth has highlighted that the TeachNet model is proving extremely successful in meeting this challenge. The evaluation notes that the "peer-to-peer" network provides teachers with access to a rich community of practice where they can continue to develop their own skills and practice.
TeachNet Ireland is continually developing and expanding its partnership model between public and private organisations. It is now part of a global network with over 600 projects published on www.teachersnetwork.org. This international dimension of the project is bringing the global village to thousands of Irish students and their teachers who can access classroom-tested digital resources from their own classrooms.