If re-elected a Labor Government has promised it 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).
Kevin Rudd, Australian Labor Prime Minister said “A clever country needs a world-class education system that offers first-rate learning opportunities to every Australian student, no matter where they live.”
Prime Minster Rudd said that for Australia to have first-rate learning opportunities, means Australia needs a world-class infrastructure to deliver fast, reliable and affordable broadband to every Australian home and school.
The Connecting Classrooms fund 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 so that students and schools can all participate.
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.
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.