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

29 August 2003

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

This year’s grants will benefit schools such as St Brendan’s Primary School in the small, rural town of Ganmain in NSW. Using the grant, students will develop a DVD on the region’s recovery from one of the worst droughts in Australian history. Stanley Primary School in the Far North West of Tasmania will also receive a grant to assist with the development of a CD promoting the local area that will be used by the local visitors centre.

The winning schools from every Australian state and territory were announced today at Sydney’s Australian Museum as part of the National Literacy and Numeracy Week Schools Excellence Awards ceremony.

Around 1500 primary schools applied for grants under the Bank’s 2003 e-learning grants program. The applications were judged by local education and community members with an understanding of literacy and numeracy in schools and an interest in e-learning.

The CEO of the Commonwealth Bank, Mr David Murray, said that e-learning projects had caught the creative imagination of primary schools across the country with the number of applicants far exceeding the 1300 received last year.

"The specific projects were generated by the schools themselves and the quality of the applications was again very high," Mr Murray said. "The Bank recognises that it can play a role in supporting young Australians to prepare for the online future by helping students and teachers across the country gain access to an increasingly important teaching and learning resource."

Applications were assessed on how the project would enhance students’ literacy or numeracy skills and how a grant would launch or advance the school’s e-learning capabilities.

The Bank’s e-learning grants program was developed in consultation with the Commonwealth Department of Education, Science and Training and the Government, Catholic and Independent school sectors.

The Minister for Education, Science and Training, Dr Brendan Nelson, said "the Commonwealth Bank’s involvement in education goes back a long way to the start of the school banking program."

"The e-learning grants continue that tradition into online education by contributing to the development of literacy and numeracy skills among our children."

The Commonwealth Bank's long-standing commitment to education continues in 2003 with the Commonwealth Bank Foundation being established to encourage developments in education including enhancing the financial literacy skills of young Australians.

The e-learning grants and the Bank’s support of National Literacy and Numeracy Week (1 – 7 September 2003) are both Foundation programs. Information on other Foundation programs is available at www.commbank.com.au/foundation.

A full list of the 70 primary schools receiving an e-learning grant in 2003 is available at www.commbank.com.au/elearninggrants.


Further information:
Paul Rea
Executive Manager, Media Relations
The Commonwealth Bank of Australia
Tel: 02 9378 5965
Mob: 0416 073 730
Email: reapn@cba.com.au