The Parent and Community Engagement Program (PaCE) has been re-funded by the Australian Government Department for 2017.
The program which is run under Taree Indigenous Development and Employment (TIDE) will continue to assist Aboriginal students and their families and in the Taree and Gloucester areas.
TIDE PaCE co-ordinator Sean Ploder said: “PaCE can support Indigenous students to stay in school by getting them involved in guided bush walks with Biripi Elders, providing students with school uniforms and equipment, involving students in learning traditional art and dance programs such as Waang Djarii. PaCE can help students get into work experience, career and higher education planning.”
“My role is to consult with schools, the Aboriginal Education Consultative Group and community members to support educational and cultural outcomes,” he said.
“At TIDE we ensure the Biripi students are well cared for and we will continue working with Chatham High School, Wingham High School, Wingham Public, Wingham Brush, Cundletown Primary, Taree West Public School, Manning Gardens and Gloucester High School.
“Chatham Public School has also expressed interest and could very well come under PaCE in 2017. I work with over 500 Aboriginal students and I am ready to make a difference in 2017.”