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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

Six Aboriginal women dressed in black with bright green sashes draped around their necks and one Aboriginal child stand on a flat surface with grass and trees, a car and buildings in the background. Most of them hold a framed certificate in their hands.
29 Nov 2017

Six Aboriginal women and an Aboriginal man from the APY Lands in South Australia recently completed the Certificate IV in Early Language and Literacy, giving them the expertise to teach language skills to preschool and early school years children.

A group of Aboriginal school students sit on steps, holding a letter from the Prime Minister the Hon. Malcolm Turnbull, MP. Behind them stand five adults.
27 Nov 2017

The students at Manyallaluk School have been writing letters to develop their persuasive writing skills. Along with receiving letters from Her Majesty the Queen and the Essendon Football Club, they recently received a letter from the Prime Minister, the Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP.

Three Indigenous people wearing snorkles and diving masks, and holding floating noodles swim in seawater. In the background is sand, beach umbrellas, trees and other people.
21 Nov 2017

The Wujal Wujal Youth Leadership Camp gave 65 Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth a chance to bond, learn and have fun as they camped in different locations around Far North Queensland.

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: