Digital literacy program to train indigenous communities in Queensland, Australia
Next September 2017, the State Library of Queensland and Telstra telecommunications company will launch a digital literacy training program for Australian indigenous communities. The main objective of this program is to provide people from remote areas of Queensland state with access to computers and other technology devices.
The program will be implemented in 26 different indigenous communities, training participants to use technology for connecting with their families, sending emails, utilizing social media platforms and promoting their businesses. It is expected that enabling indigenous communities from Queensland to access these resources will allow them to increase their job opportunities for the future.
According to Tim O’Leary, chief sustainability officer for Telestra, “As more and more services and daily interactions move online, being able to use digital technologies brings vital health, social and financial benefits, especially for Indigenous people in remote locations.”