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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

Woman in blue and white blouse sits at small table with craft materials. She holds a baby while looking at a young child in blue shirt working with craft material.
16 May 2017

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.

Two adult women and twelve children stand in a room behind a microphone, all wear red t-shirts with a graphic of raised hands.
10 May 2017

The Nalderun Project is a creative and unique approach to engaging at risk Indigenous kids through culturally appropriate learning and has led to increased school attendance of students in primary and secondary schools in the Castlemaine area of country Victoria.

Two Indigenous women in dark blue shirts hold or support four Indigenous children, the group stand in front of a brick building mostly painted white with trees nearby.
12 Apr 2017

Playgroup WA has developed an approach to early childhood development with the belief that employing local people is more beneficial for educating young children.

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: