Getting kids in remote communities to school

North Western schools will get a boost from the Governments announcement of increased funding for the Remote School Attendance Strategy, North Queensland based Senator Ian Macdonald said today.

Senator Macdonald said that $18 million would be added to the funding to help ensure that every child attended school every day.

Children who dont attend school regularly are not going to learn to read, write and count, its as simple as that.

And if they dont become literate and numerate, there are very few jobs they will be able to get without a basic education.

Forty remote communities, including Camooweal, Doomadgee and Mornington Island, already benefit from School Attendance Officers on the ground, working with parents and communities to improve school attendance rates.

With this new funding, an additional 30 communities across Australia will now benefit with a further 210 School Attendance Officers and 60 School Attendance Supervisors, with every prospect of a number of these going to schools in the North West in places like Normanton, Senator Macdonald said.

School Attendance Officers encourage school attendance through a variety of measures, including walking or driving schildren to school, helping with school lunch preparation and organising uniforms.

The officers also work within their communities to promote the benefits of regular school attendance.

This announcement brings total funding for the Remote School Attendance Strategy to $46.5 million.

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