Re-engaging Indigenous students in school post COVID-19

The critical need to re-engage Indigenous students in school as NSW transitions out of pandemic restrictions has been the driving force behind a new set of tools and resources created for educators and teachers.

The Office of Indigenous Strategy and Leadership and the Wollotuka Institute at the University of Newcastle, in conjunction with the Hunter and Central Coast Aboriginal Education Consultative Groups and the local Indigenous community, have created resources following concern that COVID-19 restrictions could harm learning outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children across the Hunter and Central Coast regions.

Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous Strategy and Leadership, Nathan Towney, said that with alarming statistics surfacing, such as 12,000 students unlikely to return to school to complete their HSC (according to the NSW Education Standards Authority), the resources are crucial for ensuring teachers are well equipped to engage children in their schooling.

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