2014 Education Award winners and finalists

Fire Safety and computer resources for Neighbourhood houses

The Department of Justice approached the Association of Neighbourhood Houses and Learning Centres (ANHLC) to assist them in addressing the issue of low comprehension of basic fire safety in Victorian communities with either low literacy levels or where communities which English was a second language.

During the initials research the Association of Neighbourhood Houses and Learning Centres found that the majority of fire and emergency preparedness resources were available via the internet.

The Association of Neighbourhood Houses and Learning Centres decided they would integrate online fire safety resource into their introductory computer classes. These classes’ were considered ideal as they were very popular with the target audience; adults for whom English was their language or had low literacy rates.

The Association of Neighbourhood Houses and Learning Centres worked with a curriculum design specialist to integrate existing internet based fire safety resources produce a set of three basic computer skills units:

  • Introduction to the internet,
  • Introduction to Word, and
  • Introduction to Facebook

The units were trialled at three neighbourhood houses on the urban fringe of Melbourne. Based on feedback from this trial, some minor adjustments were made to the units before they were rolled out state wide in May 2014.

The teacher and student course guides for all three units are now free to download from The Association of Neighbourhood Houses and Learning Centres website so they can be used by outside of their network.

The judges liked the fact that the materials were easily accessible and were designed for an inclusive teaching style to reach a wide audience teaching the students them fire safety whilst they are learning basic computer skills.

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