Re­gional dig­i­tal lit­er­acy train­ing

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

IN­NO­VA­TION, Science and the Dig­i­tal Econ­omy Min­is­ter Leeanne Enoch has an­nounced Queens­land’s re­mote and re­gional Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der com­mu­ni­ties will re­ceive dig­i­tal lit­er­acy train­ing.

Speak­ing dur­ing NAIDOC Week cel­e­bra­tions, Ms Enoch said the new Deadly Dig­i­tal Com­mu­ni­ties pro­gram will be de­liv­ered through the State Li­brary of Queens­land, Tel­stra and lo­cal coun­cils.

Ms Enoch said the pro­gram will see com­mu­nity based train­ing and pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment de­liv­ered to 26 re­gional and re­mote Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der com­mu­ni­ties in Queens­land.

“This is a huge step to­wards clos­ing the gap and im­prov­ing the dig­i­tal in­clu­sion of Queens­land’s Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der peo­ples,” Ms Enoch said.

“It is pro­grams like this that boost our state’s en­tre­pre­neur­ial cul­ture, by giv­ing all Queens­lan­ders the skills needed for the jobs of the fu­ture.”

Tel­stra’s chief sus­tain­abil­ity of­fi­cer Tim O’Leary said the com­pany was com­mit­ted to work­ing with or­gan­i­sa­tions such as the State Li­brary of Queens­land to im­prove dig­i­tal in­clu­sion.

“As more and more ser­vices and daily in­ter­ac­tions move on­line, be­ing able to use dig­i­tal tech­nolo­gies brings vi­tal health, so­cial and fi­nan­cial ben­e­fits – es­pe­cially for In­dige­nous peo­ple in re­mote lo­ca­tions,” Mr O’Leary said.

“We be­lieve dig­i­tal lit­er­acy has be­come an es­sen­tial skill in the dig­i­tal age.”

Deadly Dig­i­tal Com­mu­ni­ties is an ini­tia­tive of the State Li­brary of Queens­land and Tel­stra in part­ner­ship with In­dige­nous Knowl­edge Cen­tres and lo­cal coun­cils with 13 new knowl­edge cen­tres.

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