National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children's Day is an annual event to celebrate our children. Held on 4 August, Children’s Day is an opportunity for all Australians to show their support for Aboriginal children, and learn about the crucial impact that community, culture and family play in the life of every Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child.
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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.
Radiant Life College in Innisfail, Far North Queensland has the highest attendance rate of Indigenous students in Queensland, thanks to the inclusion of Indigenous culture in the curriculum, individualised lessons for each student and the school’s values.
The Coonamble Pre School in Western NSW has adopted a holistic approach to early childhood, involving nutrition, occupational therapy and youth leadership to ensure local children get the best start in life.
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: