70 primary schools awarded $5,000 Commonwealth Bank e-Learning Grants

30 August 2002

Seventy primary schools across Australia will each receive a $5,000 grant by the Commonwealth Bank to advance their e-learning skills and capabilities.

The winning schools were announced at Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum today at the launch of National Literacy and Numeracy Week 2002 (2-8 September).

More than 1300 primary schools applied for grants under the Bank’s e-learning grants program, with all States and Territories represented. Applications were judged jointly by representatives of the Bank and the education community in the respective local areas.

The CEO of the Commonwealth Bank, Mr David Murray, said that the judges were impressed with the quality and variety of the applications.

"The program is designed to be highly flexible and inclusive, with start-up initiatives in the running alongside schools seeking to advance their established e-learning projects," Mr Murray said.

"The sheer number and variety of the applications has demonstrated a keen awareness of the potential of e-learning among primary school teachers and students right across the country. All of the applicants deserve to be congratulated."

The Bank’s e-learning grants program was developed in consultation with the Commonwealth Department of Education, Science and Training, the Government, and the Catholic and Independent school sectors. Applications were assessed on how the proposed initiative enhanced literacy and numeracy skills and how a grant would launch or advance a school's e-learning capabilities.

The Minister for Education, Science and Training, Dr Brendan Nelson, congratulated participating schools and welcomed the Bank’s continuing involvement in education.

"I applaud the Commonwealth Bank’s commitment to National Literacy and Numeracy Week, which celebrates the efforts of our schools and their communities. The on-line learning encouraged by these e-learning grants will have a very important place in the development of literacy and numeracy skills among our children. I especially look forward to hearing about these schools’ e-learning progress," Dr Nelson said.

The Commonwealth Bank's long-standing commitment to education also includes a recent major study of e-learning in schools and the launch of the Dollars and Sense website (www.dollarsandsense.com.au) which aims to help young Australians (14-21 years) develop financial management skills.

The winning schools will be contacted individually with further details of their award.