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Proposed Teaching Resources Centre for Canberra

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The Department of Education and Science announced today a plan to set up-a Teaching Resources Centre in Canberra, An Advisory Committee, representative of a wide range of organisations associated with education in Canberra, had

commenced meeting to guide the development of the proposed Centre.

Among those groups represented on the Committee are the N.S.W. Department of Education, the A.C.T. Teachers' Association, the A.C.T. Secondary Teachers' Association, the Secondary and Primary Principals' Associations, the Australian College of Education, the A.N.U. Centre for

Continuing Education, the College of Advanced Education, the Department of Health, and the Catholic Education Office.

The Centre will initially be available to those involved in infants, primary and secondary education in both government and non-government schools in the A.C.T. and some nearby areas. Accommoda^ion for the Resources Centre will be located in part of the former Canberra high School buildings recently vacated by the College of Advanced Education.

At this stage it is envisaged that the Teaching Resources Centre will hold a variety of teaching material, serve as a reference library service for teachers and as a store for films, film strips and associated educational aids. It will also provide for the display and demonstration

of educational aids and materials and for the dissemination of information on these items. The Centre will be used as a venue for in-service courses and as a meeting place for teachers and others concerned with education.

It is hoped to interest private firms and organisations in contributing to and using the facilities available in the Resources_ Centre. A special effort will also be made to use the Centre as a means of developing

interest in health education.

The Department anticipates having the Teaching Resources Centre in operation in the early part of the 1971 school year.

26 June 1970.