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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

The Aranda Tribe Ride for Pride
26 Apr 2016

In the remote central Australian Aboriginal community of Ntaria, local teenagers are travelling by horse and foot to Alice Springs to take part in the ANZAC Parade.

Yuendumu Child and Family Centre
22 Mar 2016

The recent opening of the Australian Government funded Yuendumu Child and Family Centre will help set local kids on a path to a healthy life and success at school and beyond.

Three young Indigenous men sitting on a couch and smiling.
25 Feb 2016

Three young Indigenous men from northern Queensland are shining examples of the positive effect that AFL Cape York House is having on its participants.  

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: