HIPPY nominations sought for Kennedys Indigenous communities

Indigenous communities in Kennedy can now nominate for an Australian Government initiative that helps parents and carers put their children on the path to school success.

North Queensland based Senator Ian Macdonald joined Assistant Minister for Education Sussan Ley and Minister for Indigenous Affairs Nigel Scullion to announce the process for selecting the locations of the next 25 sites from across Australia for the Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY).

Ms Ley said HIPPY was a home-based initiative that supported parents and carers with regular visits from tutors to help integrate learning activities and materials into daily family life.

HIPPY provides families with regular in-home support and works with them to help put their kids on the path to school success from an early age, Ms Ley said.

Senator Macdonald said the additional sites, to be operational from early 2015, would focus on supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

The Coalition has a clear commitment to empowering local Indigenous communities through better access to education and setting a solid foundation for future success, he said.

Part of this includes recognising the challenges that isolation poses for many indigenous communities.

Senator Macdonald said communities had until 14 February 2014 to nominate.

I strongly encourage Indigenous communities interested in being considered for HIPPY to put forward a nomination, he said.

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