The Strategic Plan for Aboriginal Education and Training in Western Australia was launched today by Education Minister Liz Constable and Training and Workforce Development Minister Peter Collier.
Dr Constable said the plan, developed by the Western Australian Aboriginal Education and Training Council (WAAETC), reflected the voices of Aboriginal people in communities across the State and aimed to bring about better life outcomes for Aboriginal people through education and training.
“The council, composed of Aboriginal leaders from across the State, works with the CEOs of education sectors in WA to establish strategies to empower Aboriginal people to reach their potential,” she said.
“Priority areas for action have been identified, including early childhood development and readiness for schooling; quality teaching and strong leadership; community capacity building; attendance and achievement; and increased employment in skilled occupations.
“A key part of the plan recognises parents as children’s first teachers.
“The importance of early childhood education cannot be overstated. It is the foundation for all the education and employment achievements that follow.
“The council is also seeking to increase the number of Aboriginal people qualifying as professionals to teach in schools and provide role models and mentors for Aboriginal children.
“I am confident that all schools, colleges and universities will get behind the plan and work together to promote the success of Aboriginal students.”
Training Minister Peter Collier said in 2009, he launched the Training together - working together strategy to increase the number of Aboriginal people in training for ongoing employment in WA and in 2010 he launched the Aboriginal Workforce Development Strategy, focusing on connecting Aboriginal people with the economic prosperity and job opportunities available in WA with training as a central focus.
“As a result, we have increased Aboriginal training numbers by 12 per cent, we have more Aboriginal people completing training programs than ever before and we have established six Aboriginal Workforce Development Centres in Perth, Broome, Geraldton, Kalgoorlie-Boulder and Bunbury to assist in the transition between training and working,” he said.
The council has made working with families the starting point for its work in building the capacity of Aboriginal communities to ensure that children get the best start in life.
Mr Collier said the plan needed to be owned by communities and education providers across the State. The council would report to the State Government on the progress made.
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