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Debates Day 6 - Thursday 19 October 2017



Debates Day 6 - Thursday 19 October 2017

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DEBATES Thursday 19 October 2017 2735 I am pleased to report that last month 64 early childhood graduates from across the Northern Territory were recipients of the NT More Early Childhood Teachers Scholarship Program and another four graduates are on track to receive the scholarship next month. The program is a partnership between the Northern Territory Government and Charles Darwin University to support early childhood educators, teachers and support staff working in licenced childrens services and schools across the Northern Territory to upgrade their qualifications to include an early childhood specialisation. Next week I will launch the Early Years Rewarding Careers campaign at the Palmerston Child and Family Centre. This campaign aims to meet the increased need for high quality early childhood educators in the NT by providing interested students with employment opportunities in the early chi ldhood education and care sectors. The Department of Education is playing its part by ensuring we have early childhood experts in our workforce to deliver the improvements we want to see over the next 10 years. Through the consultation period for Starting Early for a Better Future we want to hear about other strategies and ideas to grow and support a locally skilled early childhood development workforce. This government is serious about investing in children. I will work hard to ensure we deliver on our commitment to improve learning, development and wellbeing outcomes for Territory children and their families so they can reach their potential, which will strengthen the future of the Territory. I commend and congratulate the Minister for Children for this draft plan and the opportunities to improve our childrens futures. I encourage everybody to have a say and make sure we develop the best plan we can for the future of Territory kids. Ms AH KIT (Karama): Madam Speaker, Territory Labor stated time and again that if we were successful in the August 2016 election we would put children at the centre of government. I am pleased that we have remained true to our word, with the NT Minister for Children delivering the draft early childhood plan, Starting Early for a Better Future, which outlines our governments 10-year plan to support our youngest Territorians. I commend the Minister for Children for engaging a panel of experts in early childhood to guide the development of the 10-year plan, which was created to provide the best start to life for all Territory children. Thank you to co-chairs Ms Donna Ah Chee and Ms Olga Havnen, and other panel members, Professor Kerry Arabena, Professor Fiona Arney, Dr Paul Bauert, Dr John Boffa, Ms Marie Bredhauer, Ms Tanj a Hirvonen, Ms Jayne Lloyd, Professor Frank Oberklaid, Mr David Pugh, Professor Sven Silburn, Ms Christine Tayler and Professor Collette Tayler. Your wealth of knowledge and experience in the early childhood space is both acknowledged and greatly appreciated. I am fortunate to have six schools in my electorate, where hundreds of young Territorians are engaged daily by dedicated teachers to obtain a quality education. Four of these schools are primary schoolsKarama, Manunda Terrace, Malak and Holy Catholic Primary Schools. Although each school is unique, all schools are focused on delivering the best educational experience for each and every student. I thank the Minister for Education for supporting our Territory schools in these endeavours, and for providing each of our schools with $300 000 for repairs and maintenance as part of the Building Better Schools initiative. This significant investment will add value not only to the school as an asset but to the schooling experience of every student. Shane Donohue, the principal of Holy Family Catholic Primary School in Karama, showed me the new decking area and garden the school received through this funding. I was impressed by how the upgrade helps to transform the school. The new decking area ties in with the existing facilities of the school. It is well used by students and parents alike and provides me with a good vantage point for school assemblies, especially because I am not very tall. I have also spoken with other principals in my electorate about their schools plans for their $300 000, and there are some exciting projects on the horizon. Watch this space. As the local member I have had the privilege of engaging with teaching staff, parents and students of Karama and Malak. I cannot give enough praise to the educators and staff at the six schools in my electorate. It is clear to me that our schools are continuing to look at ways in which they can enhance the educational experience of all children.