El­ders in School strength­en­ing com­mu­nity ties

The Australian Education Reporter - - NEWS -

ROSE­BERY mid­dle school in Palmer­ston has de­vel­oped the El­ders in School pro­gram to build strong re­la­tion­ships be­tween school and com­mu­nity.

The pro­gram sees re­spected lo­cal Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der com­mu­nity mem­bers work within the school to share their cul­tural knowl­edge with stu­dents.

Min­is­ter for Ed­u­ca­tion Eva Lawler said the gov­ern­ment be­lieves in pro­grams that value stu­dents’ di­verse back­grounds.

“While the ‘El­ders in Schools’ pro­gram has im­proved stu­dent en­gage­ment, it is do­ing so much more than that – it is build­ing con­fi­dence, un­der­stand­ing, em­pa­thy and re­spect in th­ese young peo­ple, all skills that will ben­e­fit them mov­ing into the fu­ture,” she said.

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