The Minister for Education, Julia Gillard, today announced that 22 primary schools in the Australian Capital Territory will receive more than $50 million for major new infrastructure projects schools under Round One of Primary Schools for the 21st Century (P21).
The Rudd Government is undertaking the largest school modernisation program in Australia’s history to support local jobs, stimulate every local economy and invest in important long term infrastructure.
P21 is one of three elements of the Rudd Government’s $14.7 billion Building the Education Revolution. The $12.4 billion P21 program will deliver much needed funding to every primary school for major infrastructure projects, including libraries, multipurpose halls and classrooms.
The Rudd Government wants to ensure that teachers and students in every ACT school - primary and secondary, government and non-government, urban, regional, rural and remote schools - are teaching and learning in 21st Century facilities.
Round One will deliver funding for 27 projects in 22 primary schools across the ACT, approximately 20 per cent of all eligible schools. Successful projects for the Australian Capital Territory include a large number of new libraries and multi purpose halls.
In Round One of P21, more than $29 million or 57 per cent of funding will go to ACT government schools, more than $10 million (20 per cent) to Catholic schools and $11 million (21 per cent) to independent schools.
Construction and refurbishment work will commence as soon as possible. Many of the P21 projects planned to begin this month will provide immediate support for local jobs.
The $14.7 billion Building the Education Revolution complements the existing and planned investments by the States and Territories and non-government systems and schools.
Building the Education Revolution is a key element of the Rudd Government’s $42 billion Nation Building – Economic Stimulus Plan to support jobs, stimulate local economies and invest in important infrastructure like schools, for the long-term.
Almost 70 per cent of the stimulus package is being directed to important infrastructure like schools delivering around 35,000 individual construction projects around the country which will support jobs.
Under the Government’s $1.3 billion National School Pride program, plans for $12 million worth of minor infrastructure and maintenance projects, in 77 schools across the ACT, are already underway.
Australian Capital Territory schools yet to apply for funding under P21 are encouraged to contact their education authority and submit proposals for Round Two before 15 May 2009.