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Commonwealth Bank Foundation e-learning Grants reach $1million

31 August 2004

The Commonwealth Bank Foundation has awarded the 2004 e-Learning Grants to 70 primary schools across Australia, raising the total support to more than $1million in the last three years.

The grants, valued at $5,000 each, aim to develop student literacy and numeracy skills through online learning initiatives.

This year’s winning schools from each state and territory were announced today at Fox Studios Sydney as part of the National Literacy and Numeracy Week Schools Excellence Awards ceremony.

David Murray, CEO of the Commonwealth Bank and Chairman of the Commonwealth Bank Foundation, was impressed by the creativity and quality of the applications. "The Foundation is encouraged by the level of enthusiasm and dedication to developing the essential life skills of literacy and numeracy in young Australians through innovative e-learning programs. The grants program for primary schools is money well spent," Mr Murray said.

For the third year, more than 1200 primary schools nationally applied for an e-Learning Grant. The 70 schools selected to each receive $5,000 in 2004, reflect the high calibre of submissions received through the program.

To date, the e-Learning Grants program has contributed more than $1million to 210 primary schools around Australia. Focusing on online literacy and numeracy initiatives, the grants recognise the importance of building these fundamental skills in young people.

Developed in consultation with the Commonwealth Department of Education, Science and Training and the Government, Catholic and Independent school sectors, the e-Learning Grants program is offered in conjunction with National Literacy and Numeracy Week 2004 (30 August to 5 September).

More information on the Commonwealth Bank Foundation’s e-Learning Grants program and a list of the 70 primary schools receiving a grant is available at www.commbank.com.au/elearninggrants

Paul Rea
Executive Manager, Media Relations
Commonwealth Bank of Australia
Tel: 02 9378 5965
Email: reapn@cba.com.au