We wish everyone heading back to school in the NPY Lands a good year!
Last week hundreds of young people from the NPY Lands started back at school.
For some, it was a whole new adventure!!
Around 20 students from Pukutja (Ernabella), Amata and Kaltukatjara (Docker River) are travelling to begin boarding school over coming weeks.
NPYWC’s Boarding School Program supports young people in the NPY Lands to access secondary education with the aim of providing diverse educational opportunities and experiences outside a community setting.
In July 2018, NPYWC Youth Service began a pilot project to support young people and their families who were interested in attending school outside their community. So far they have supported 23 young people and have 43 more on the waiting list. The Youth Service has previously supported students as a part of their general activities and this program builds on that work.
Stephanie Burgess from the NPYWC Youth Service Boarding School Program says
there is genuine demand from families to deliver a program that provides an opportunity for young people to have the choice to further their education at a Boarding school.
The program offers people choices around their education. It helps young people and their families think about what kinds of educational experiences they want. It also links families with scholarship providers and schools, and supports the application process.
The students are supported in getting ready for their new experience, learning independent life skills. They may need help with setting up a bank account, accessing Abstudy, money management, clothes shopping and working out travel arrangements.
The program also makes sure the students are well settled in to their new school and have lots of ongoing support from their family and friends.
The Youth Service hopes to be able to offer this program to all NPY communities in the future.