Federal Government announces boost for Digital Literacy
01 Aug, 2017
By Michael Hilkemeijer
A report came out recently that the Australian Federal Government recently announced a boost in funds towards the development of digital literacy in schools. The timing of this announcement could not get any better with Australia's digital economy set to boom.
In an ICT-integrated society, the digital literacy of students is vital not only to the detriment of the national economy but their ability to prosper and survive. Industries, organisation and businesses call for knowledge-based and skilful workers. Recent studies have indicated that 75% of the fastest growing jobs will require knowledge workers and technology as they all move towards digitization.
Australian students will benefit greatly from the Australian Digital Technologies Challenges in addition to the Digital Literacy Grants which form part of the National Innovation and Science Agenda. Simon Birmingham, the Federal Education Minister, stated that “guarantee that we’re giving children the opportunities to be able to develop the skills they need to succeed in the future”.
Another important fact also was the lack of interest by students in STEM subjects and this new boost is hoped to spark the industry’s growth with greater numbers participating in Mathematics and Science.
In addition, the ICT capability of students in Australian schools has declined significantly and globally we are falling behind. Digital literacy still remains to be a key aspect of education more than ever.
Round two of applications are now open for the Digital Literacy School Grants that range from $10,000 to $50,000. To date, 54 primary and secondary schools have received grants totalling nearly $2 million.