Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey said he is pleased up to 70 students at the Coober Pedy Area School will be supported to complete their studies through a new Alternative Learning Program jointly funded by the Coalition Government’s and South Australian Government Indigenous Advancement Strategy.
“This is a great initiative and will provide extra support for students who have become disengaged from school to make the transition back and hopefully complete their education,” he said.
“$374,476 has been allocated to help establish the alternative learning program at Coober Pedy Area School.
“The school will provide one-on-one support and tailored learning programs to disengaged students.
“In many cases students who re-enter the education system and find themselves out of step with their peers can be disruptive and adversely affect all students.
“This centre will ensure a qualified caseworker can support students and their families, as well as provide one-off infrastructure funding to develop a central hub for students and support staff.
“It will offer tailored literacy and numeracy support and individualised learning support to help students to catch up to regular class and it will go a long way to supporting teachers at Coober Pedy Area School to continue to deliver high quality education.
“It is vitally important children are supported to thrive at school.”
Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion has joined Mr Ramsey to commend the school on this initiative and its passion to engage with students at risk of not attending or completing school.
“A good education is critical to any young person’s future, which is why this government continues to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children to complete their schooling,” Minister Scullion said.
“All levels of government must work together with schools, communities, families, parents and students if we are to close the gap in attendance. Projects like this demonstrate what we can achieve when we all work together to help students in remote communities fulfil their potential”.
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Monday 18 December 2017