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Commonwealth Bank offers schools chance to share in $350,000 worth of e-Learning Grants

24 April 2002

 The Commonwealth Bank is inviting all primary schools across Australia to apply for one of seventy e-learning grants to support student literacy and numeracy through e-learning. The e-Learning Grants are being made available in conjunction with National Literacy and Numeracy Week 2002.

The Commonwealth Bank's Chief Executive Officer, David Murray, said the e-learning grants of $5,000 each would offer schools the chance to advance their e-learning skills and capabilities whether they are just starting out, or already have well established technology based programs.

"e-learning is a new and developing method of learning and teaching. The Commonwealth Bank's support of schools through the grants will help teachers and students implement and develop e-learning in their schools," Mr Murray said.

The grants program has been developed in consultation with the Commonwealth Department of Education, Science and Training and government, catholic and independent school sectors. Applications will be assessed on how the proposed initiative will enhance literacy and numeracy and how a grant would launch or advance a school's e-learning capabilities.

"The e-Learning Grants complement the aims of National Literacy and Numeracy Week, which celebrate and acknowledge the work schools are doing to equip our young children for the future," the Minister for Education, Science and Training, Dr Brendan Nelson said.

"I congratulate the Commonwealth Bank for helping our children develop essential literacy and numeracy skills through the use of cutting edge online learning initiatives such as the e-learning grants. They are a wonderful example of how the business community, schools and governments can work together to build social capital and ensure a bright future for our children."

"The Commonwealth Bank's e-learning grants form part of its long-standing commitment to education. Other programs soon to launch include the release of a major study of e-learning in schools by Dr Dale Spender, and the Dollars and Sense website which aims to help young Australians (14-21 years) understand and develop financial literacy skills," Mr Murray said.

From today, application packs for the grants will be sent to every Australian primary school. Packs can also be accessed by visiting either or Commonwealth Bank's website.

Schools must submit their application by 28 June 2002. Winners will be announced on 30 August in conjunction with the Department of Education, Science and Training's National Literacy and Numeracy Week.