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Seeing Possibilities. Taking Action.

Moree Learning Centre

Empowering rural youth through community, culture and connection.

our

mission

To reduce the educational disadvantage in rural Australia by providing a
Learning Centre tailored towards the personal and cultural needs of
students in remote northwest NSW communities.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

We aim to establish Learning Centres in rural NSW communities to assist
students who are disadvantaged by the current school system. Our needs
assessment identified three primary reasons preventing these students from
succeeding in their studies:

Lack of substantial support system

Many young people are disadvantaged by
an unstable home life, low socioeconomic status, health issues and poor nutrition.

 

Young people often spend nights away from their homes, resulting in decreased productivity during the day.

 

Further, young people often do not receive motivation and support from parents/guardians to attend school, enabling truancy and gaps in the learning cycle.

High suspension rates

Many students demonstrate behavioural trends that are inconsistent with the conduct required by schools.

 

Due to a lack of understanding and ineffective strategy development for targeting and rectifying such behavioural issues, schools place those they identify as ‘problem students’ on suspension programs, placing them outside of the school environment and demotivated to engage in their education.

Lack of cultural sensitivity

As students value forming connections to those around them, having one teacher educate a class of 30 students does not allow for them to develop a connection with their teacher. Thus, they are not able to receive the personal support they need.

Our Learning Centre, in collaboration with Ephraim House and Complete
Education Australia, disrupts the traditional model of curriculum delivery and
behavioural management, catering to the cultural needs of Australian youth to improve student engagement and learning. In particular, a teacher:student ratio around 1:4 and a highly individualised and flexible curriculum enables students to receive schooling tailored to their personal needs, improving attitudes to education as well as educational outcomes.

aims & objectives

  • To provide a culturally-sensitive learning environment, centred on relationships and personal educational support

  • To change rural communities’ attitudes towards education

  • To enable students to work and provide an income for their family, while being able to complete their schooling

  • To increase rural students’ school attendance rates

  • To improve rural students’ academic performance

  • To increase the flow of rural high school students into tertiary education, apprenticeships and, eventually, the workforce

PROJECT partners

JACK THOMSON

E: jlt103aa@gmail.com

P: 0451 120 335

CONTACT THE PROJECT LEADERS

ILAKKIYA ELANGOVAN

E: ilakkiya.e19@gmail.com

P: 0428 802 143