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A Families as First Teachers (FAFT) program based in Arnhem Land has been celebrated for its community engagement and collaborative focus at tonight’s Northern Territory Education and Care Awards.

Yirrkala Families as First Teachers Program took out the award for ‘Outstanding Achievement in Community Engagement’, one of five awards that recognise outstanding educators and services in the Northern Territory.

The Northern Territory Education and Care Awards celebrate an educator, a service or program that demonstrates an exceptional commitment to improving the lives and outcomes of Territory children and their families.

Minister for Education Eva Lawler attended the awards and congratulated the award recipients and finalists.

“The Territory Labor Government is putting kids at the heart of our decisions and it’s so wonderful to see the outstanding effort and commitment of our educators on display.

“Congratulations to everyone who helps to create and maintain high quality, safe and most of all, engaging learning environments for Territory children,” Ms Lawler said.

“We know that investing in kids isn’t just the right things to do, it’s the smart thing to do for the Territory’s future. While we can always continue to improve, tonight shows that we are on the right track and that our children are in very capable hands.”

The 2017 Northern Territory Education and Care Award recipients are:

    • Emerging Educator – Stacy Williamson, Nightcliff OSHC

    • Outstanding Educator – Michelle Leonard, Alekarenge Preschool

    • Outstanding Leadership – Mariann Reu, Department of Education (Schools South)

    • Outstanding Achievement in Innovative Practice – Nightcliff Community Early Learning Centre

    • Outstanding Achievement in Community Engagement– Yirrkala Families as First Teachers Program


Winners receive $3,000 towards professional learning which will provide them with enhanced skills to deliver the very best education to young children in the Northern Territory.

Media Contact: Jake Hauritz - 0478128268