Aberavon’s AM welcomes funding for superfast broadband for schools

David Rees, AM for Aberavon, welcomed the news that the Welsh Labour Government have announced funding for superfast broadband at several schools across Aberavon.
These Schools are part of the 341 schools across Wales that will receive the funding. Currently all schools in Wales have minimum broadband connections of 10Mbps for primary schools and 100Mbps for secondary schools, but some are not able to upgrade the speed of their services to meet ever increasing demand as a result of technical limitations.

This investment will cover the installation of new broadband services. This will provide an immediate increase in speed and in line with provision at other schools ensure that connectivity will continue to grow well into the future.

The Welsh Labour Government are determined to ensure that digital skills are developed and taught through all parts of a pupil’s schooling and not just isolated to specific ICT or computer science classes. The Digital Competence Framework means more than just using computers and aims to equip pupils with the digital skills they need and can apply in the real world in the years to come.

David Rees AM said “Access to superfast broadband will mean that pupils at these schools, which cover areas across the whole of the constituency from Coed Hirwaun to the Upper Afan Valley and Ysgol Gynradd Tyle’r Ynn, will be able to take full advantage of current and future advances in digital technology. Equipping tour children with the digital skills they will need for the future is critical as they move forward in the modern world.”

“I will continue to work with Welsh Ministers to make sure that local pupils in all schools across the constituency, especially those not included in the current tranche, have the right environment to develop their vital digital skills and continue to raise standards”

“Making sure every school, no matter where they are based, has access to superfast broadband remains a priority for me.”