City of Armadale wins award for providing free internet access to disadvantaged students

Pictured (L-R) Henry Zelones (Armadale Mayor), Andrew Kelly (Digital Services Officer), Sue Gilbert (Cecil Andrews College). Photo: Will Russell
Pictured (L-R) Henry Zelones (Armadale Mayor), Andrew Kelly (Digital Services Officer), Sue Gilbert (Cecil Andrews College). Photo: Will Russell

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 Year 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 Western Australia 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 the 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 program 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 it’s second year.

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

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