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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.

Recent stories

Four black whales swim in a blue sea with a rocky cliff top in the foreground.
12 Oct 2017

Forty seven students from Yalata Anangu School and Oak Valley Anangu School were recently rewarded for their good school attendance with a trip to the Head of Bight, South Australia, for a memorable whale watching experience.

Large group of Indigenous youth and young adults and police officers sit and stand on a lawn in front of a two-storey building.
11 Oct 2017

Profound changes are happening in Redfern and surrounding communities due to Clean Slate Without Prejudice, a program designed to motivate and inspire local young people. It introduces discipline into the lives of participants through early morning boxing and martial arts, language lessons and breakfasts, and excursions to Aboriginal cultural sites.

A young woman stands in a classroom teaching several Indigenous children seated on chairs. In the background are other young adults.
30 Aug 2017

Nyoongar Wellbeing and Sports has had success in in re-engaging 95 disengaged Indigenous school students using physical activity, well-being activities, a breakfast program and homework groups.

Contacts

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: