Ceduna invited to comment on Aboriginal strategy

Far West Coast school communities are invited to attend a consultation meeting in Ceduna on June 18 to help develop the new Aboriginal Education strategy for 2018 to 2028.

The Department for Education is developing the new strategy in an effort to improve learning outcomes for Aboriginal students and young people across South Australia as well as improve attendance and retention rates and provide training to ensure teachers and school leaders are culturally responsive.

The department’s executive director early years and child development Ann-Marie Hayes said the department was committed to putting things in place to improve outcomes for Aboriginal students.

“This includes ensuring access to family support services and learning in children centres and preschool and school attendance and retention rates of Aboriginal students,” she said.

“It’s important we have a plan in place to guide our educators and staff in providing culturally appropriate and targeted support to Aboriginal students and their families so they can be confident and successful learners in school and beyond.”

The department has organised 16 consultation sessions across South Australia which began in the Riverland on June 6.

A two-hour session will be held at the Far West Aboriginal Sporting Complex on June 18 from 5.30pm, facilitated by the South Australian Aboriginal Education and Training Consultative Council with support from the department.

People can also provide comment by visiting YourSAy where there is also a survey to fill out.

Ms Hayes said it was important for people to have a say on this strategy.

“Input from students, families and their communities will be highly regarded in guiding the new strategy’s direction,” she said.

“Information gathered from the community consultations and YourSAy survey will help inform the strategy, which will be finalised this year.”

This strategy will align with the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Strategy, which focuses on early childhood transitions, attendance and engagement, the Australian curriculum, transition points (including for post-school options) and the workforce.

To attend the Ceduna event people should RSVP by contacting Colleen Haseldine on 0427 010 710 and can leave a comment at yoursay.sa.gov.au/decisions/aboriginal-engagement-strategy/about