Playgroup WA has developed an approach to early childhood development with the belief that employing local people is more beneficial for educating young children.
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Children and Schooling
A good education is essential for a good future and that starts with making sure children and young people go to school every day.
Getting children to school, improving education outcomes and supporting families to give their children the best start in life will achieve real results for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
To make this happen, government and communities need to work together to:
- Improve school attendance rates, particularly in remote areas
- Ensure more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students are meeting the national minimum standards in literacy and numeracy.
- Support more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to finish Year 12, or equivalent
- Support more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to go on to higher education at TAFE or university.
Children who go to school can get a good education and a good job, leading to a better future for themselves, their family and community.
A good education also helps keep culture strong and enable future generations to share stories about their community, culture and kinship.
The difficult choice of what career path to take is made a little easier for 52 Indigenous year 11 and 12 students from around Australia because of the Work Experience Programme - a four day visit to Canberra full of events and activities showcasing the career options within the Australian Public Service.
Facilitated by the Goondir Big Buddy program, seven Indigenous young men recently set sail on the STS Young Endeavour where they climbed the 30 metre mast, took the helm and in the process, gained life skills which have set them on the path to a brighter future.
Many different organisations and government agencies are working with communities to achieve real results in children and schooling. Visit the websites below to find out more: