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Improved internet in remote schools

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Students and teachers at 8 government schools in the Aṉangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands will benefit from improved internet connectivity when new fibre services are activated later this month. 

Through the state government’s Connectivity to Schools project, schools have transferred from existing services such as HDSL, frame and mobile, to improved higher capacity services including many fibre optic broadband systems which will improve the speed and quality of internet connection. 

The project is being delivered in partnership with Telstra and promotes better learning outcomes for children via improved internet connectivity. 

The 8 schools to be connected within the APY Lands are: Indulkana Anangu School, Mimili Anangu School, Fregon Anangu School, Umuwa Trade Training Centre, Ernabella Anangu School, Amata Anangu School, Murputja Anangu School and Pipalyatjara Anangu School. 

The Ernabella Education Office will also benefit from improved internet connectivity under the project. 

Background

The Connectivity to Schools project aims to give all schools, regardless of location, quality internet services with the capacity needed to meet modern education requirements. 

Laying fibre optic technology will better connect APY Lands schools with education services and online resources to enhance teaching and learning experiences. 

Pipalyatjara is also the sixth and final site to receive mobile coverage under a joint Mobile Black Spot program between Telstra and the Federal Government. 

Quotes attributable to Scott Bayliss, Chief Information Officer Department for Education

Our focus is to make sure that every school, every teacher, every student across the state has access to reliable internet connectivity - at the speed they require it, when they require it - regardless of location.

Access to modern internet technology in these remote locations will help children in the APY Lands receive better learning outcomes.

The APY Lands are just the start – the successful relationships we forge with our external providers, like Telstra, are critical to us enabling our schools and students with the ICT capabilities they need in 2018 to prepare them for the jobs of the future.

Quotes attributable to Mark Bolton, Telstra Area General Manager

We know the important role technology plays in delivering educational benefits and helping people stay in contact with friends and family. 

The recent arrival of mobile coverage and the rollout of this new fibre connection to 8 local schools in the APY Lands demonstrates Telstra’s ongoing commitment to regional Australia and is a significant moment for these local communities. 

Quotes attributable to Terry Casey, Principal at Pipalyatjara Anangu School

For the students from Pipalyatjara and Kalka communities providing fast, easy and available online access in our schools is vital to the success of our students. When students have the right tools, they are afforded greater learning opportunities and develop strong futures. 

Our teachers and AEWs will also benefit from this enhanced connectivity, as they will have greater access to resources, digital education practices and increased ability to connect with family and friends. 

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