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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

Yarralin Remote School Attendance Team: L-R; Simon Campbell, Frances Rosas and Jasmin Campbell (SAO), with Jasmin’s daughter, Ameera.
19 Sep 2016

School attendance rates in the remote Northern Territory community of Yarralin have increased thanks to some creative thinking by locals.

16 Sep 2016

The Science Pathways Project promotes science education in remote community schools through on-country projects linking Traditional Knowledge with Western science.

4 Aug 2016

Professor Chris Sarra from the Stronger Smarter Institute has been awarded 2016 National NAIDOC Person of the Year, for his work closing the gap in Education. 

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: