Published Friday, 18 October 2013
The School Enhancement Programme will fund refurbishment or extension projects, each valued between £500k and £4m.
Announcing the news on Friday, Minister O'Dowd said: "Last year I signalled my intention to establish a School Enhancement Programme.
"The purpose of this programme was to ensure that we provide the best possible education estate for our children and young people, within the budget available."
Examples of projects proceeding under the programme include the provision of permanent build accommodation to replace mobiles, refurbishment of existing accommodation and the provision of sports facilities.
The Minister continued: "The successful projects are all consistent with the emerging area plans and the scale of the investment underlines my continuing commitment to improving the schools estate.
"It comes in addition to the major works projects worth £350m I have announced since last summer; in addition to the £31m I have invested in minor works since January; and in addition to the £47m I have earmarked for maintenance this year.
"Today's announcement is good news for the pupils, staff and school communities involved, as well as being a welcome boost for the local construction industry."
Alliance Education spokesperson Trevor Lunn MLA welcomed the announcement.
"I know that several of the schools who have been included in this announcement have been in desperate need of capital investment for several years," he said.
"In a previous round of investment there wasn't any funding for capital builds at integrated schools, so I am glad that several have been included in this announcement.
"This announcement will also be a major boost to our construction sector which has struggled since the economic downturn."
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