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Generational Change through Girl Power: Rural Leadership Academy officially opens

Education Minister Eva Lawler today visited some of the Territory’s future leaders at the official opening of the Role Models and Leaders Girls Academy in Humpty Doo.

Based at Taminmin College, the academy supports and empowers Aboriginal girls to increase their attendance at school and boost engagement with their learning.

“These engagement programs provide valuable learning and wellbeing support to enable girls to gain the skills and knowledge they need for a bright future – they will play a key role in the generational change we need to see in the NT,” Ms Lawler said.

“As part of our record $1.14 billion investment in education for Budget 2018, the Territory Labor Government has committed $4.5 million to school-based engagement programs such as this.”

The Taminmin Girls Academy aims to help engage Aboriginal girls in a variety of ways, from sports to mentoring, to cultural and environment programs.

It is the fifth Role Models and Leaders Academy established in the Territory, joining those at Centralian Middle School, Centralian Senior College and at both Palmerston College campuses.

So far, 300 girls across the Territory have participated in the program, including Taminmin year 10 student Sarcora Giles-Morcom.

“School’s better now that we have Girls Academy, it is an extra safe place for us in the school,” she said.

“If we need help with school work, staff will stay behind after school to help.”

Three youth engagement programs are operating in the Territory, including the Clontarf Foundation, the Stars Foundation and the Role Models and Leaders Australia Girls Academy.

Ms Lawler said the Labor Government had promised to fund all engagement programs until the end of 2020, as part of its investment in generational change.

“We are reinvesting in education after the CLP ripped $135 million from school budgets and sacked teachers and support staff,” she said.

“All children have the right to the same great start in life. Investing in education is not just the right thing to do, it’s the smart thing to do for the Territory’s future.”

More than 2500 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls participate in the Role Models and Leaders Girls Academy across Australia.


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