Two boarding schools in Queensland enrolling Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students have received a $1.9 million boost in infrastructure funding from the Australian Government.
The schools are Djarragun College in Gordonvale, which will receive just over $1 million, and Shalom Christian College in Condon, which will receive $920 000.
The Minister for Education, Julia Gillard, congratulated the two schools and commended them for their contributions to the educational welfare and achievements of their Indigenous students.
The funding is part of the Government’s Indigenous Boarding Infrastructure Program, which helps boarding schools to upgrade aged and deteriorating student accommodation and to expand facilities to accommodate increasing numbers of Indigenous students.
The boarding schools being funded through the program have strong track records in providing high-quality education experiences for Indigenous students.
To date, 30 projects totalling $43.1 million have been approved for funding under the Indigenous Boarding Infrastructure Program.
A quality education is a critical foundation enabling all Australians to participate fully and successfully in society.
The Australian Government is committed to providing quality education opportunities for Indigenous students and closing the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous education outcomes.