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Commonwealth Bank Foundation e-Learning Grants reach $1.4 million

26 August 2005

Seventy primary schools across Australia have been awarded e-Learning Grants of $5,000 each to develop student literacy, numeracy and financial literacy skills through online learning initiatives.

Offered by the Commonwealth Bank Foundation, the e-Learning Grants program has contributed $1.4 million to primary schools in the last four years.

Developed in consultation with the Australian Government’s 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 2005 (29 August to 4 September).

This year’s winning schools from each state and territory were announced today at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney as part of the National Literacy and Numeracy Week 2005 Schools Excellence Awards for Schools ceremony.

Mr David Murray, CEO Commonwealth Bank and Chairman of the Commonwealth Bank Foundation congratulated all schools awarded e-Learning Grants in 2005, "The Commonwealth Bank Foundation is encouraged by the enthusiasm of primary school teachers to developing lifelong skills of literacy and numeracy in young Australians through innovative e-learning programs. The e-Learning Grants program for primary schools is money well invested," said Mr Murray.

"A key priority for the Australian Government is seeing that all Australians develop effective literacy and numeracy skills to allow them to achieve their full potential. The Commonwealth Bank Foundation e-Learning Grants program provides significant support to young Australians in improving these vital skills," Dr Brendan Nelson, Federal Minister for Education, Science and Training said today.

The grants have supported e-learning initiatives ranging from start-ups to highly advanced projects in rural, regional and metropolitan school communities. Students have followed the tuna trail, delved into the world of Harvey Krumpet and explored the Daintree rainforest.

Schools awarded a 2005 Commonwealth Bank Foundation e-Learning Grant will develop e-learning programs such as saving the Leafy Sea Dragons in coastal SA, breaking the ‘Tyranny of Distance’ in outback Queensland and operating a telescope remotely in rural NSW.

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.

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Further information:

Bryan Fitzgerald, General Manager, Media and Issues Management
Communication, Community and Reputation, Commonwealth Bank
Tel: 02 9378 2663 Email: fitzgeb@cba.com.au