Feb 14, 2008

Labor Delivering a $1 Billion Digital Education Revolution

Labor Delivering a $1 Billion Digital Education Revolution

MEDIA RELEASE – The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

14 February 2008

Federal Education Minister Julia Gillard, has written to all Australian secondary school principals inviting their participation in the Rudd Government’s $1 billion Digital Education Revolution.

The Digital Education Revolution will dramatically change classroom education by ensuring that all students in years 9 to 12 have access to information and communication technology.

“The Rudd Labor Government believes that every Australian child deserves a world class education,” said Anthony Albanese. “In the twenty-first century, that means access to digital technology.”

The first $100 million of the National Secondary School Computer Fund will be directed to the schools most in need by June 2008.

The Rudd Government will also invest $100 million over four years as a contribution to the provision of high-speed fibre-to-the-premises broadband connections to schools.

To identify the needy schools a preliminary audit is being undertaken by State and Territory Government education departments, the Associations of Independent Schools and the Catholic Education Offices.

The audit will identify the existing number of computers in each school to facilitate the commencement of the application process for the neediest schools in early March, with applications closing in early April 2008.

Applications for the second round will be open to all Australian secondary schools in July 2008.

“I would encourage all inner-west high schools to take part in the audit and to apply for funding when applications open,” said Mr Albanese.

Further information on the Digital Education Revolution, including the National Secondary School Computer Fund, is available at: http://www.digitaleducationrevolution.gov.au/, interested schools can also contact the office of Anthony Albanese on 9564 3588.