Before the Remote School Attendance Strategy (RSAS) started in Ltyentye Apurte, it seemed like more children were hanging around the shop than going to school. But eleven months on, things have changed considerably thanks to eight dedicated school attendance officers.
At 17, Elijah Douglas has already travelled from Doomadgee to Gallipoli. He has set himself goals to get a good education before returning to his community with a qualification to work with his people.
The Garma Youth Forum, run in conjunction with the main Garma Festival, allows students of all backgrounds to come together and share their experiences and gain a better understanding of each other’s cultures.
Seven Remote School Attendance Strategy team representatives visited Canberra earlier this month to take part in a leadership workshop and meet with the Prime Minister and his Indigenous Advisory Council.