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$28, 172 for Robinvale indigenous students' education.



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Media Contact Sally Turvey (03) 5032 4510 -ends-

Wednesday, 8 November 2006

$28,172 FOR ROBINVALE INDIGENOUS STUDENTS’ EDUCATION

John Forrest, The Nationals Federal Member for Mallee today welcomed $28,172 in funding to two Robinvale schools under the Whole of School Intervention Strategy.

Mr Forrest said the Whole of School Intervention Strategy focuses on the implementation of innovative approaches to improving the educational outcomes of Indigenous school students.

“The programme encourages schools, Indigenous parents and communities to work together in partnership to improve Indigenous students’ attendance, literacy and numeracy skills and retention from Years 10 to 12 and Year 12 results,” said Mr Forrest.

The Robinvale Secondary College has been allocated funding of $17,420 for their project to improve the literacy and numeracy of 55 students in years 7-12 through the operation of a Homework Centre available to students 3 nights per week for two hours. In addition, in partnership with Sunraysia TAFE, a Koorie Women’s Literacy class will support the homework initiative.

The Robinvale Consolidated School will utilise their $10,752 funding for their ‘Supporting Kids to Reach the Starts Initiative’ which will engage a mentor to assist students in class and coordinate a Multi-literacy Programme to improve literacy particularly writing and spelling, improved transition from preschool to prep with a focus on readiness for formal learning and improved student engagement and wellbeing.

Mr Forrest said this funding allocation was part of the $2.1 billion funding package announced in 2004 by the Hon Dr Brendan Nelson MP, Minister for Education, Science and Training for Indigenous Education to pre-schools, schools, tertiary education providers over the next four years.

“While we are committed to improving outcomes for Indigenous students, unacceptable disadvantage remains - gaps persist between outcomes for Indigenous and non -Indigenous students across our education and training sectors,” said Mr Forrest.

Schools in North West Victoria have already implemented initiatives under the Whole of School Intervention Strategy include the Parent School Partnerships Initiative and Homework Centres and this funding enables vital support for Indigenous students to continue.

Further information about the Whole of School Intervention Strategy and other Indigenous Education Programmes aimed at improving learning outcomes for Indigenous students can be found at www.dest.gov.au/schools/indigenous/iet_2005_2008.htm .

John Forrest MP The Nationals Member for Mallee

Phone (03) 5032 4510 Fax (03) 5032 9407