The Minister for Education, Julia Gillard, today opened a new funding round for Sporting Chance Program academies focused on projects for Indigenous girls and young women.
As announced in the 2009-10 Budget, the Rudd Government has committed $10 million to expand the Sporting Chance Program over the next four years.
This $5 million round of funding will be invested in targeted projects aimed at improving the participation and engagement of around 700 girls in secondary schools. The program has been highly successful in maximising the participation of boys and this funding round will help to increase the number of girls participating in the program.
The Sporting Chance Program uses sport as a basis to engage Indigenous students in education. In particular, Sporting Chance has been proven to encourage Indigenous students to complete their schooling, increasing their ability to take up future training or employment opportunities.
It simply will not be possible to improve literacy and numeracy or increase the Year 12 retention rate among Indigenous Australians unless kids are turning up to class.
This year, the Sporting Chance Program academy and engagement projects are supporting over 8000 students across the Northern Territory, Western Australia, South Australia, New South Wales and Queensland.
A workshop for current Sporting Chance providers and the associated schools will be held in Adelaide from Monday 24 to Wednesday 26 August. Delegates will have the opportunity to discuss their project and hear from guest speakers who have expertise in education and employment.
The Rudd Government is committed to closing the gap in educational outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
Investment in initiatives that have been shown to work, such as the Sporting Chance Program, builds the capacity of teachers and schools to improve educational outcomes for Indigenous students.
For more information including details about the funding application process, please visit the Sporting Chancewebsite. Applications for this round open today and close at 5.00pm on Friday 25th September.