Students and teaching staff at remote homeland learning centres will benefit from an additional $1 million for repairs and maintenance to their schools, in NT Budget 17.
The Northern Territory Minister for Education Eva Lawler announced the first work will roll out in seven communities in Yirrkala, in the Arnhem region, to improve facilities in homeland learning centres.
“We are putting children at the centre of our decision making because all children have a right to a great start in life,” Ms Lawler said.
“The first years of a child’s life are crucial for developing a strong foundation for success in the adult years.
“We are investing in quality learning environments, because we want all children and young people to have access to a high quality education, no matter where in the Territory they live,” Ms Lawler said.
“Many remote homeland schools are over 30 years of age, so repairs and maintenance are integral to provide students with a safe learning environment.”
Other homeland centres will be assessed in the second half of 2017 to determine future upgrades over this term of Government.
Work created by the program will also assist to grow the economy and provide job opportunities for Territorians and local businesses.
“This additional investment in homeland learning centres will improve facilities for the Territory’s very remote students, as well as distribute jobs across the region,” Ms Lawler said.
“Budget 17 will invest in Territory children, jobs, and communities,” Ms Lawler said.
Over 100 students attend Yirrkala homeland schools, including Yirrkala Homeland Centre, plus the remote centres in Biranybirany, Boruwuy, Dhalinybuy, Gangan, Garrthalala, Rorruwuy, and Rurrangala.
This additional $1 million is on top of the regular school repairs and maintenance program.
“The work to improve our homeland centres will support the Territory Government’s Buy Local policy,” Ms Lawler said.