Show Me The Way Blog

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Initiative in Kimberley

Story courtesy the Koori Mail

Ten of Western Australia’s most remote schools in the Kimberley will be the first to participate in an initiative to encourage children to attend school regularly.

Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan said the Kimberley Schools Project is critical to giving Aboriginal students the skills they need to have choices in the 21st century.

“The teaching strategies and support services have been shown to achieve real lifts in literacy and numeracy,” she said.

“Northern WA will not meet its full potential unless Indigenous communities are woven into the economic landscape - and this program will make that possible.”

The Kimberley Schools Project focuses on targeted teaching to students’ needs in literacy and numeracy, providing improved learning and care in the early years, strengthening regular attendance and increasing student and community engagement.

WA Education Minister Sue Ellery said the project will help principals, teachers and support staff create strong learning pathways for children across the region, both in and outside the classroom.

The first 10 schools participating in the program are Bayulu Remote Community School, Dawul Remote Community School, Derby District High School, Djugerari Remote Community School, Kalumburu Remote Community School, Looma Remote Community School, La Grange Remote Community School, Nyikina Mangala Community School, Wangkatjungka Remote Community School, and Wyndham District High School.

The Koori Mail is a media partner of Show Me The Way.

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