Fund­ing fu­ture looks bright

North Coast Times - - NEWS -

YOUTH Fu­tures has re­ceived a $50,000 grant for its Comet CaRE School in Clark­son.

Burns Beach MLA Mark Folkard, who fin­ished high school with very lim­ited lit­er­acy, re­cently de­liv­ered the fund­ing from the Lo­cal Projects, Lo­cal Jobs scheme to the not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion.

“I left school not know­ing how to read or write,” he said.

“Tak­ing night classes whilst I was in the army was one of the only rea­sons that I am lit­er­ate to­day. I was like many, who for what­ever rea­son, are not en­gaged by main­stream school­ing.”

Youth Fu­tures runs al­ter­na­tive ed­u­ca­tion pro­grams where peo­ple aged 1519 can com­plete their cer­tifi­cate I, II or III in gen­eral ed­u­ca­tion, equiv­a­lent to years 9, 10 or 11.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive Mark Waite wel­comed the fund­ing, which will go to­wards ex­tra teach­ing re­sources, al­low­ing the school to in­crease stu­dent num­bers and to buy ex­tra lap­tops for those stu­dents.

“The need for al­ter­na­tive ed­u­ca­tion op­tions, or what we like to call ap­pro­pri­ate ed­u­ca­tion, is con­tin­u­ing to grow,” he said. “We too of­ten see young peo­ple that fall through gaps in main­stream ed­u­ca­tion and need more in­ten­sive sup­port than what is avail­able, and that’s where we can of­fer a more sup­port­ive and in­di­vid­u­alised ap­proach.”

Pic­ture: Mar­tin Ken­nealey

Comet CaRE prin­ci­pal Richie Furber with stu­dents.

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