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Improved internet in remote schools

6 July 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. 

“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,” said Scott Bayliss, Chief Information Officer Department for Education.

“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.”

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
  • Pipalyatjara Anangu School 

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

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. 

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