Federal Government funding is going to a programme that will use AFL to improve school attendance in communities in Central Australia.
Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, said funding of $74,250 for twelve months through the Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS) grant round is going to the Tjuwanpa Outstation Resource Centre Aboriginal Corporation for the “Strength and Unity through Football” project in Central Australia.
“Tjuwanpa Outstation Resource Centre will work with AFL NT to develop, facilitate and coordinate programmes to improve school attendance and behaviours through structured football based activities and classroom assistance based around the “yes school, yes play” programme where students are rewarded with structured football competitions for regular school attendees,” Minister Scullion said.
The programme will visit the following communities and work with schools in Ntaria, Santa Teresa, Papunya, Areyonga, Arlparra, Yuendumu and Ti Tree.
“AFL is the favourite sport for many Indigenous young people across Central Australia and this program can really help kick some goals in improving school attendance ,” Minister Scullion Said.
“Getting kids to school is one of the top priorities of this Government as getting a good education is key to a brighter future,” Minister Scullion said.
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