Primary school children will be able to participate in a new cadet program which will be permanently established in junior schools for the first time.
Through the 2012-13 State Budget, the Government has supported a $1.8million expansion of the River Rangers cadets program, where children work together to learn about protecting the environment and the Swan River.
Youth Minister Robyn McSweeney said the funding - over four years - would permanently establish the program in five primary schools and create an additional 10 River Rangers units.
“This is a significant investment in WA’s young people with up to 500 primary school children to benefit,” Mrs McSweeney said.
“Well-targeted programs like the River Rangers help children build confidence, develop friendships and leadership skills and learn how to work in a team.”
The River Rangers program is an expansion of the Government’s Cadets WA program which has about 7,000 young people participating in almost 200 cadets units across WA.
It was launched as a pilot scheme in 2010 and is aimed at years five, six and seven students. It is the first cadet program to be run in primary schools. Last year an independent evaluation found the pilot was successful with all schools involved showing high levels of engagement and positive outcomes.
The Minister said programs like Cadets WA were proof the Government was working to improve the lives and wellbeing of young Western Australians.
“Young people taking part in cadets programs get to take part in a range of adventurous activities like bushcraft and survival techniques, first aid, sailing and power-boating that enhance their teamwork and initiative skills. These opportunities are made possible by a $3million annual investment by the Government,” Mrs McSweeney said.
With the $1.8m injection to the River Rangers, the Govt has allocated, to date, an additional $4.1m towards the Cadets WA program since coming to power
Cadet units are located as far north as Wyndham, as far south as Albany & east to Kalgoorlie-Boulder and programs include: Bush Rangers WA, Emergency Services Cadets Corps, Surf Life Saving Cadets, Red Cross Cadets, St John Ambulance Cadets, Police Rangers, Australian Army Cadets and Australian Air Force Cadets
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