The Nerve Centre and Culture Company 2013 are using the opportunity offered by the City of Culture to deliver real change to our young people. One of the key initiatives in this is the ‘Macs for Schools’ project. Macs for Schools has seen 17 primary schools within the Derry City Council area equipped with suites of Apple Mac computers, with training in their use for every teacher within the school.
Through the use of a partnership model a total of twenty five schools and almost 400 teachers are directly benefiting from the project. ‘Macs for Schools’ is not just about putting the hardware into the schools, but also a dedicated training programme for key teachers within each school to enable them to use the creative potential of software such as i-Movie, Garageband and I-Photo to deliver and assess the curriculum across a range of subjects.
The work-plan delivered under the project also ties in to wider 2013 initiatives such as the Digital Book of Kells, to create real opportunities for the creative work of our young people to form a meaningful part of the City of Culture celebrations. ‘Macs for Schools’ is supported by the Department of Social Development’s City of Culture Capital Fund and the Culture Company 2013.