Offaly students urged to enter Internet Rangers competition

Schools and students from Offaly are being called on to enter the BT Internet Rangers competition by Friday, November 2 next.

Schools and students from Offaly are being called on to enter the BT Internet Rangers competition by Friday, November 2 next.

BT has launched its Internet Rangers Awards programme in Ireland, and is looking for outstanding schools and children under 16 who are bridging the generational and digital divide by teaching older people basic IT and internet skills.

There are fantastic prizes to be won: iPads, laptops and IT vouchers for children and teachers and cash prizes up to €4,000 for individual schools. Children can be nominated by their friends, family, school, or even by themselves. It’s easy to apply, all you have to do is visit the website: www.bt.com/internetrangers and complete an online application form.

Colm O’Neill, CEO, BT Ireland, said: “We’re delighted to launch these awards in Ireland, and are eager to hear about the selfless efforts of schools and children who are helping people to get online in a range of different and innovative ways. The awards have been running in the UK for 11 years and past entries have revealed some truly inspiring individuals, from children helping their disabled or seriously ill parents to make the most of the internet to youngsters encouraging older generations to become ‘Silver Surfers’. To many of us it may be second nature, but for others the simple act of going online can offer life enhancing benefits. If you know of a young person in Ireland who is supporting others in this way, please do nominate them or tell them about the award.”

The BT Internet Rangers Awards form part of BT’s corporate responsibility programme (Connected Communities and Get IT Together), which are aimed at instilling confidence and empowering people to get online. Previous winners have assisted people to get online in a range of ways and significantly helped to bridge the generational divide of technology. A previous winner in the UK awards, Ben Robson from Newtownabbey, Belfast, volunteers once a week at a computer course held at his school. He teaches elderly people how to get online and how to use the internet to benefit them in a host of ways.

Ben, who has to deal with a stammer he developed at a young age, said: “Teaching older people about the internet has given me a lot more confidence. I understand the frustration people feel when they are unable to do things so I like being able to help.”

The closing date to submit applications is 5.30pm on Friday, November 2.