Ar­madale wins pres­ti­gious li­brary award

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A PRO­GRAM pro­vid­ing free in­ter­net ac­cess to dis­ad­van­taged stu­dents aim­ing for ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion has won the City of Ar­madale a state award.

The Con­nec­tivED pi­lot pro­gram, which gives years 11 and 12 stu­dents with lit­tle or no home in­ter­net ac­cess to a por­ta­ble wire­less de­vice and 6GB of data a month, was recog­nised with the Li­brary Board of WA Award for In­no­va­tion and Ex­cel­lence.

Ar­madale Mayor Henry Zelones said it was ex­cit­ing to win an award that recog­nised a valu­able and in­no­va­tive pro­gram for young peo­ple.

“(Con­nec­tivED) en­ables stu­dents to ac­cess the in­ter­net at home or work and ac­cess ed­u­ca­tion and learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties oth­ers take for granted,” he said.

“Pro­grams such as Con­nec­tivED are one of a range of pro­grams the li­braries run to help com­bat so­cial dis­ad­van­tage and ex­clu­sion.

“Li­braries try to be at the heart of the com­mu­ni­ties they serve and we make sure that the ser­vices and pro­grams we of­fer are rel­e­vant and of ben­e­fit to the com­mu­nity.

“It is hoped that other lo­cal gov­ern­ment li­brary ser­vices can use this pro­gram as a model tem­plate for part­ner­ships to help sim­i­larly de­serv­ing stu­dents in their ar­eas.”

Ten stu­dents each year are able to ac­cess the Con­nec­tivED pro­gram, which is now in its sec­ond year.

The City of Ar­madale runs the Con­nec­tivED pro­gram in part­ner­ship with Tel­stra.

Pic­ture: Will Rus­sell­mu­ni­ d483287

Ar­madale Mayor Henry Zelones, dig­i­tal ser­vices of­fi­cer An­drew Kelly and Ce­cil Andrews Col­lege prin­ci­pal Sue Gil­bert.

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