National Australia Bank launches $5 million annual education awards program

National Australia Bank Group (NAB) has announced an education awards program open to every primary and secondary school in Australia, with $5 million available in awards funding every year.

Schools First, the biggest corporate sponsored education initiative in Australia, has been developed by NAB in partnership with Australia Cares, The Foundation for Young Australians and the Australian Council for Educational Research. It aims to promote excellence in the area by providing significant incentives for schools to build and strengthen partnerships with their communities.

To support the awards program, Schools First will also facilitate a national series of workshops to help schools and communities learn about how to build and strengthen partnerships, as well as developing a central knowledge bank of resources for all schools and communities to draw on.

The initiative is based on research which shows that effective school-community partnerships can result in improved student outcomes, including greater student engagement, improved attendance and retention, better academic performance, increased skills and improved transitions into the workforce, further education or training.

For more information see the Schools First website,

Oct. 23, 2008

 Tags: news, general, education

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