Alice Springs School of the Air - PHOTOGRAPHER COMMENT
School of the Air, the largest classroom in the world.
Alice Springs School of the Air - FURTHER INFORMATION
Alice Springs School of the Air - Alice Springs visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Alice Springs School of the Air' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Northern Territory.
Alice Springs School of the Air, the largest classroom in the world. Children living in the remote areas of Northern Territory rely on this unique and pioneering educational resource which offers correspondence schooling to primary and early secondary age children living in isolated areas - many of whom do not have access to a local school nor the fellowship of being around other children. Presentations are conducted throughout the day with live classes during school hours, usually in the mornings. Originally, lessons were taught via shortwave radio and where possible, this service has now progressed to utilising satellite Internet technology. Alice Springs School of the Air has around 120 pupils in 2008 spread throughout 1.3 million square Km.
Alice Springs School of the Air was the first of its kind, founded on the 8th of June, 1950. Teachers are based at a 'hub' - a central point in the region from where they can communicate with children in the surrounding area. This service offered by the Department for Employment, Education and Training (DEET) is also used at Broken Hill and Meekatherra.
80 Head Street
Alice Springs, NT, 0870
ph: (08) 8951 6834
Sun/Public Holidays 1:30pm-4:30pm
Closed X-mas to New Years Day and Good Friday