Government extends education trial for Indigenous Australians

QLD Government is opening doors for young indigenous students. Source: Department of Education

QLD Government is opening doors for young indigenous students. Source: Department of Education

SARAH ROHWEDER

The Queensland Government has granted a 12-month extension for the Cape York Australian Aboriginal Academy (CYAAA) education trial.

Minister for Education John-Paul Langbroek announced the extension in State Parliament earlier this week.

The program was developed as part of a new initiative to boost education opportunities for approximately 50,000 young indigenous Australians in Queensland.

Mr Langbroek said the trial was already generating a positive change in education standards among students.

“The trial uses direct instruction education techniques and runs programs that build students’ confidence to move between the Cape and real work and study opportunities,” he said.

“Raising aspirations requires a concerted effort from the students, their families and each community, including educators and employers,” he said.

The Australian Council for Educational Research conducted an independent study into the program and found a solid increase in some learning aspects.

“I am delighted that among some of the report’s key findings, student behaviour and the quality of the learning environment have been greatly improved,” Mr Langbroek said.

“On that basis alone, it is incumbent upon me as Minister to extend the trial so that with extra time, more real and tangible dividends will be yielded.”

To view the full report, visit the Department of Education, Training and Employment’s website.

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