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Debates and Questions Day 2 - 8 May 2019



Debates and Questions Day 2 - 8 May 2019

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Parliamentary Record 19


Debates and Questions for 13th Assembly 2019 - 2020; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 13th Assembly 2016 - 2020




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DEBATES AND QUESTIONS Wednesday 8 May 2019 6088 The department also supports the delivery of engagement of programs targeted at middle and senior studentsgirls and boys programs. This includes the Clontarf Academy for boys and the STARS Academy and Role Models and Leaders programs for our young women. Community-led schools and LEaD committees represent the education component of our commitment to local decision making in schools. That goes to the heart of the Member for Nhulunbuys motion, schools and communities making the best decisions for young people. This was a key commitment when we came to government in 2016, and we are working to achieve it. We are already seeing results. We are working with seven schools this year that want to become community-led schools. We are working with another 40 communities across the Northern Territory to build capacity and engagement and governance to support them in their goals to become community-led schools. Mr Costa: Delivering for the bush. Ms UIBO: Delivering for the bush. Thank you, Member for Arafura. I know you are very passionate about your electorate. Community-led schools is an election promise being implemented in conjunction with the establishment of Local Engagement and Decision Making, LEaD, committees in remote schools across in the NT. Local decision-making in community-led schools engages the broad spectrum of school councils, school boards and local advisory groups in communities that represent the interests of communities and families. We are working collaboratively with our schools, families, community, industry partners, and local businesses and organisations to reach agreement on education delivery in each remote community. Where communities want to grow and develop their leadership and their schools want to become communityled schools, we have engaged NT COGSO to strengthen governance arrangements and include the delivery of capacity building for community members to actively participate in decision-making. This year the department will work with the seven schools I mentioned, including Gunbalanya, Yirrkala and Yirrkala Homelands, Lajamanu, Willowra, Nyirrpi and Yuendumu. These schools have identified a desire and capability to become community-led schools. I think this is fantastic. I have the fortune and privilege to visit the majority of those schools. There are other schools that I have not visited yet, but I look forward to talking with them about their community-led schools initiatives. Additionally, the department will work with 40 other schools to engage in LEaD committees and pursue what is best for their communities, schools and the education that is delivered in those communities. School councils and boards are incorporated bodies. Under Part 6 of the Education Act, school councils and boards have a range of functions and powers that have not been fully utilised by some schools, particularly some of our more remote schools. We are looking to improve and strengthen that. We are working to improve student outcomes across the Territory. We want to work with families to make sure children are going to school every day. Where there are barriers to attendance, we will support families to overcome them where possible. We want to work with schools to grow strong local decision-making bodies so that their parents and caregivers, who are local community members, are directly making the decisions that will most impact their children. The Member for Nhulunbuy mentioned some points that I will address in speaking to the motion. I quote from the members speech that schools are foreign. In terms of the placement of school in the Western system, that could be a strong viewpoint. In terms of schools being a place of learning, I disagree. I believe that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are from the oldest-living continuous culture in the world. Learning is part of our culture. It needs further support. I understand the Member for Nhulunbuys passion. We talk about walking strongly both wayswe need to support our communities to do that with children in remote Aboriginal schools and communities. The Member for Nhulunbuy mentioned business enterprise and secondary pathways. I think this is a key part of where we are starting to get great outcomes with secondary provisions cross the NT. The training and opportunities that we can get in some of our remote and small communitiesit is essential that we build partnerships with trainers, providers, businesses and corporations to provide opportunities for employment

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