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Building the Education Revolution

One Mile State School prep students from Gympie Queensland won $5000 from ORIGIN energy for sharing their story on how they helped their school and community learn how to use energy more safely.

On 3 February 2009, as part of its Nation Building: Economic Stimulus Plan, the Australian Government announced its $16.2 billion Building the Education Revolution (BER) program for Australian schools.

The program's two key objectives are to:

  • provide a stimulus to the national economy by creating jobs through school construction and refurbishment
  • build facilities that enhance learning opportunities, support achievement and bring communities together.

The BER program has three elements:

  • Primary Schools for the 21st Century-to build or refurbish large scale infrastructure in primary, P-12 (primary component) and special schools, with a focus on the state's share of libraries and multipurpose halls
  • Science and Language Centres for 21st Century Secondary Schools (SLC) - science laboratories or language learning centres in secondary schools
  • National School Pride (NSP)-to refurbish/renew existing infrastructure and build minor infrastructure in all schools.

In 2009-10, DET delivered projects under all three elements of the BER program.

In 2009, the Queensland Government engaged PricewaterhouseCoopers to carry out an independent and objective review of systems and processes put in place by DET to plan, coordinate and deliver the BER program in Queensland (see External Scrutiny for further details).

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