Hon Sue Ellery BA MLC

Hon Sue Ellery BA MLC

Minister for Education and Training

    Early learning program launched for Aboriginal families in Baynton

    26/07/2022 11:30 AM
     
    • Waja Guma Aboriginal Early Learning Program launched at Baynton West Primary School in Karratha
    • Support provided for Aboriginal children from birth to four years old in the Baynton, Millars Well and Nickol areas
    • Program prepares Aboriginal children for success in the school system through culturally inclusive education

    Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery today launched the new Waja Guma Aboriginal Early Learning Program, at Baynton West Primary School.

     

    Waja Guma (little people learning together) aims to prepare Aboriginal children for success at school, by providing improved access to culturally inclusive early education programs.

     

    Through the program, Aboriginal children from birth to four years of age in the Baynton, Millars Well and Nickol areas in Karratha will share and learn about their culture through play, dance and art.

     

    Waja Guma focuses on supporting families through exposure to quality educational and health programs, increased pathways into the educational system, and encouraging school participation.

     

    The three-year pilot program - supported and funded by Rio Tinto - was developed in consultation with local Aboriginal families, after the community expressed a need for a culturally connected, early childhood learning centre.

     

    Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery:

     

    "The aim of the Waja Guma Aboriginal Early Learning Program is to help prepare Aboriginal children for success as they enter the school system.

     

    "It will improve access to early education programs specifically designed for Aboriginal families residing in Millars Well, Baynton and Nickol, and provide them with valuable educational support.

     

    "The program has received a wonderful response from children and families alike, and it's great to see the community coming together to support each other.

     

    "Congratulations to Baynton West Primary School and its community for their leadership in the extensive consultation, as well as Rio Tinto for supporting such a positive local project."

     

    Comments attributed to Pilbara MLA Kevin Michel:

     

    "This is a fantastic initiative that will no doubt make a difference in the lives of local families and children in the years to come.

     

    "Baynton West Primary School already has fantastic connections within its local community, and this program will build on those relationships; bringing families into the school early to ensure they feel included and part of the school community before children commence their formal education."

     

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