ConnectivED: Armadale high school students get free internet access thanks to new City of Armadale innitiative

ConnectivED: Armadale high school students get free internet access thanks to new City of Armadale innitiative

TEN Armadale high school students are receiving free internet access to bridge the digital divide.

In partnership with Telstra and Curtin University’s AHEAD program, the City of Armadale has launched its new ConnectivED initiative, a one-year pilot program to help selected students utilise mobile hotspot technology.

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Libraries across the City are offering free hotspot devices and capped data for a year to students displaying aspirations towards higher education, along with the option for students without a smart device to borrow one.

Armadale Mayor Henry Zelones said that with the combined efforts of Telstra and the City’s libraries, ConnectivED would empower young people to achieve greater educational outcomes.

“The 2011 Census revealed that 21 per cent of households in Armadale had either no internet connection or limited access to dial up,” said Mr Zelones.

“Now 2017, this has likely improved, however there will still be families who cannot afford access to a stable internet connection.”

The City’s ConnectivED initiative is modelled on a successful program run by the New York Public Library and replicated across the US.