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This 10-year strategy is guided by the Department for Education’s vision and principles, viewed as essential for Aboriginal children and young people to achieve growth and success. The document will be a core policy and practice driver for the department, outlining the goals and objectives we are committed to delivering. This will require working alongside Aboriginal families and communities and building a confident, culturally inclusive workforce ready to identify and implement the actions necessary to maximise the strategy’s success. It will be supported by a strong action plan and an implementation framework developed in the spirit of reconciliation and ensure Aboriginal young people are on pathways to success.

Key Findings:

  • The strategy aims to facilitate ways that Aboriginal children can achieve growth in their learning, including standard Australian English and numeracy skills at or above their year-appropriate level. In addition to this, Aboriginal children’s experience of learning need to be relevant to their own lives, as it is reflective of the identity, language and culture of Aboriginal people.
  • A significant goal is for Aboriginal young people successfully complete their SACE and/or vocational education qualifications. It is also acknowledged that Aboriginal young people developing their cultural identity, life skills, confidence and resilience is necessary to successfully transition from school into future pathways.
  • This strategy's goals and objectives for Aboriginal children and young people are supported by 2 fundamental areas, informed by Aboriginal voices. Every Aboriginal community in South Australia is unique and they will be encouraged in their ‘nation rebuilding’ process wherever possible, understanding that Aboriginal people hold responsibility for the culture and identity development of their children and young people.
  • Aboriginal students will experience high-quality teaching and learning, that challenges them intellectually, supports and resonates with their cultural identity and empowers them to achieve success prior to school, within school, in further study and in the workforce.
  • The strategy states that opportunities will be provided to share outcomes with communities. They will publish the strategy, implementation plans and public progress reports on the department’s website. We will work in partnership with the South Australian Aboriginal Education and Training Consultative Council (SAAETCC) to engage with Aboriginal communities as well as with representative organisations to review and develop future implementation plans in continuous improvement cycles.


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