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NBN: Connecting classrooms fund



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Campaign Media Release

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd

Minister for Education Bill Shorten

NBN: CONNECTING CLASSROOMS FUND

A re-elected Rudd Labor Government will create a new $20 million NBN: Connecting Classrooms fund to help schools across the country take full advantage of the National Broadband Network (NBN).

A clever country needs a world-class education system that offers first-rate learning opportunities to every Australian student, no matter where they live.

That means we need world-class infrastructure to deliver fast, reliable and affordable broadband to every Australian home and school.

Connecting Classrooms will assist at least 1,000 schools to get the equipment they need to take full advantage of the NBN, such as video conferencing equipment to create virtual classrooms.

Schools will be able to apply for grants of up to $20,000 to help them make these important investments and open up a world of new education opportunities including connecting to other classes and lessons in Australia or overseas.

Australian and international experience has shown that virtual classes are an effective mechanism for expanding and enriching the options available to students, especially students in regional and remote areas. It can also open up new opportunities for students with disability through online interactive learning tools.

It does not matter where you live in Brisbane or Bega, through Federal Labor’s NBN you will have access to world class broadband in your school and in your home.

Under the National Broadband Network-Enabled Education and Skills Services Program, the Rudd Labor Government is currently funding a number of trials that demonstrate how rich interactive virtual classrooms are expanding the reach of existing education and training services.

By bolstering the digital capacity of schools across the country, we will allow students right across the country to realise the benefits of the NBN.

We are also taking NBN fibre all the way to the home because we know that learning does not stop at the school gate.

The NBN is a game changer for Australia and it is critical that our education system is geared towards taking full advantage of Australia’s new digital future.

The NBN is a central element of Federal Labor’s positive plans to create economic growth and jobs for the future.

Federal Labor’s Connecting Classrooms fund comes on top of:

 The biggest ever infrastructure investment in Australia’s future, the National Broadband Network.

 National Broadband Network-Enabled Education and Skills Services Program.

 Delivering more than 967,000 computers across Australian schools, one for every student in Years 9-12.

By 2021, all Australian schools will be connected to the National Broadband Network.

Funding for this initiative is already included in the budget.

BRISBANE 28 AUGUST 2013

Communications Unit: T 03 8625 5111 www.alp.org.au

Authorised by G. Wright, Australian Labor Party, 5/9 Sydney Avenue, Barton, ACT, 2600