Carolyn Pickering (Community liaison officer) and Gary Bagnall. Photo: John Gass / Daily News
Carolyn Pickering (Community liaison officer) and Gary Bagnall. Photo: John Gass / Daily News John Gass

Telstra cash for adult education

AN education centre in Murwillumbah has been given a technological boost with a $10,000 grant to integrate tablet technology into its learning programs.

To mark the 10th anniversary of the Telstra Foundation, the organisation was giving away 100 grants of $10,000 to worthwhile causes.

The Murwillumbah Adult Education Centre was one of those recipients of the grants.

The college community liaison officer Carolyn Pickering said the "generous grant" would make a world of difference to the small, independent college and the community it serves.

"We are in the process of reinvigorating the college, building stronger links with our community and are grateful for the Telstra Foundation's support to allow us to quickly adopt new technology," Ms Pickering said.

Ms Pickering said the Digital Innovation for Youth and Volunteer Empowerment was the greatest beneficiary of the money that will be used to purchase tablets, such as iPads.

"Our horticulture students have already begun work with the Murwillumbah Men's Shed for example, helping with landscaping and gardening," she said.

"We see our students using digital literacy to enhance their involvement and learning outcomes further through these types of projects, building a sense of belonging and connection to the community."

Ms Pickering said the first step was to teach the trainers in the new technology.



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