In September last year, experts and locals gathered at St Paul’s African House for the launch of the latest Australian Digital Inclusion Index. At the launch an interesting idea was discussed on student digital inclusion and equality.
Since the launch Telstra has launched in partnership with RMIT University, Microsoft and Greater Shepparton Secondary College the Telstra Connected Student Project.
The project is a trial providing one hundred free laptops and two years of wireless broadband to students and their families.
RMIT University will conduct a two-year research project to examine the benefits of giving disadvantaged students access to broadband and laptops granting a greater degree of digital equality with their fellow students.
Telstra, Microsoft and RMIT are to be commended for running with the idea and quickly developing a program that launched at Greater Shepparton Secondary College this month.
The launch of the project this month was also particularly timely in the context of the stay-at-home measures and online learning as a result of the Coronavirus Crisis.
I hope every student who was able to take advantage of this project seizes the opportunity and that it helps them receive a wider and more equitable education.