The Australian Government will provide Adelaide and Port Adelaide Football Clubs with up to $600,000 to run football programmes aimed at improving school attendance across the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands.
Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, said children needed to attend school every day to have a good start in life. Every day at school counts towards getting a better job and a brighter future.
“That’s why the Australian Government’s top priority for Indigenous Affairs is to get kids attending school every school day,” Minister Scullion said.
“The Adelaide Football Club’s Ready, Set, Crow programme will deliver activities focussed on secondary school children. Activities will include mentoring and helping students explore future study and job opportunities.
“The club will also work closely with families and schools to identify and prepare secondary students who are suited to living in a boarding school environment or who require specialised school support.
“Helping children go to school every day is helping to make their lives and their futures better.
“Port Adelaide Football Club’s WillPower programme will deliver activities for primary school children. Activities will include encouraging students to attend school every day including Fridays, helping students make positive life choices and working with Foodbank SA and Mai Wiru to ensure students have access to healthy food.
“In some communities Friday attendance is lower than other days of the week. Missing one day a week adds up to a lot of time missed over a school year – it holds kids back.
“These projects are another example of how the Australian Government is working in partnership with families, communities and schools to improve school attendance and learning outcomes. “
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