Thirty-one sites across Australia have been shortlisted for the next round of an Australian Government-funded initiative helping indigenous communities put their children on the path to school success.
Assistant Minister for Education Sussan Ley and Minister for Indigenous Affairs Nigel Scullion today announced the candidates for the next round of 25 places under the Home Interaction Programme for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY).
Ms Ley said there had been a strong response to the Government’s calls for nominations, with consultation to now begin with the 31 communities shortlisted.
“The Coalition has a clear commitment to empowering local Indigenous communities through better access to education and setting a solid foundation for future success,” Ms Ley said.
“It’s therefore great to see so many indigenous communities looking to get involved with this programme, which provides families with regular in-home support to help put their kids on the path to school success from an early age.
“These information sessions will provide an invaluable opportunity for community members who want to play an active role in shaping the future school success for local children and I wish all involved the best of luck.”
Minister for Indigenous Affairs Nigel Scullion said the Brotherhood of St Laurence and HIPPY Australia, who manage the $100 million programme, would be conducting information sessions in each of the 31 communities to help determine their suitability for the programme.
“I encourage members of these shortlisted communities to attend their local information sessions to ensure they have their say in this important decision about whether HIPPY should be rolled out in their community,” Senator Scullion said.
HIPPY, which begins in the year before formal schooling, is a two-year home-based parenting and early childhood learning programme that empowers parents and carers to be their child’s first teacher. $100 million is committed to the programme. For more information: www.hippyaustralia.org.au or www.education.gov.au/hippy.
HIPPY Shortlist of Communities for Information Sessions in 2014
Bamaga and Surrounds
Hope Vale – Cooktown
Fitzroy Crossing – St George Ranges
Kalgoorlie – Boulder
Midland and Surrounds
Port Hedland – South Hedland
Milingimbi – Ramingining
New South Wales
Goonellabah and Surrounds
Nambucca and Surrounds
Wyong and Surrounds
Mooroopna and Surrounds