Out in remote Northern Territory, Zac Patterson is literally driving higher school attendance.
High School students in western New South Wales will benefit from a $1.6 million investment from the Australian Government through the support programme Get Real.
New data shows significantly improved attendance in Remote School Attendance Strategy (RSAS) schools in the Northern Territory this year compared to 2013, with the number of children attending school up nearly 17 per cent.
"The most important thing we can teach future generations is resilience and understanding of others."
"To learn their language, to respect their culture and to keep away from alcohol and drugs or they won't get too far."
"Teach them that education is important. If they want to get a decent job they need education."
The recent introduction of Year 13 at a Tiwi Islands school is already helping locals into real jobs.
A significant increase in school attendance from last year has led to Ramingining School becoming the model for other communities seeking increased attendance.
"Keep your culture going strong and always be proud of who you are and where you come from."
"Reading and writing and learning is very important, and making friends and a support network is just as important."
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