As the peak organisation representing rural and remote education, Country Education Partnership provides a strong representation and advocacy role to ensure that the needs of rural and remote learning communities are highlighted to governments and education sectors; as well as promoting the positive learning initiatives that occur within these communities.
It undertakes this work across a number of key areas:
Building and maintaining strong relationships with rural and remote education communities.
CEP consults with a range of rural and remote learning communities through forums, workshops and individual discussions in developing key areas of focus that support rural and remote learning into the future.
During 2017, CEP will work in partnership with rural clusters and develop an ongoing approach to building the capacity of rural education communities in relation to collaborative approaches to education provision. This will include a number of rurally-based forums facilitated by Maggie Farrar and Sir John Jones to enhance education opportunities through clustering and partnering arrangements. It will also include facilitating a third ‘Global Dialogue’ event with a global audience of education sectors, governments and key stakeholder groups.
For CEP, these events provide further opportunity for rural education communities to discuss and consider opportunities and challenges facing rural and remote education within Victoria, and therefore ensure that CEP is well informed when representing such communities to Victorian education sectors and governments.
Representing rural and remote education to governments, educations sectors and key stakeholder groups.
CEP represents rural and remote learning communities at a number of levels including:
- state and federal governments, including Ministers for Education;
- representation on a number of government and education sector working groups and reference groups;
- senior education personnel within Departments of Education and Training and the Catholic Education Offices;
- meetings with Regional Directors of the Departments of Education and Training and Directors of the Catholic Education Offices on a regular basis;
In addition, it represents rural and remote learning communities at a national level on organisations such as the Society for the Provision of Education within Rural Australia.
Within Victoria, CEP facilitates a high quality Rural Student Voice initiative known as the “Rural Youth Ambassadors” initiative.
Annually, CEP invites schools within rural and remote Victoria to nominate students to be involved within the highly regarded Rural Youth Ambassador program.
Approximately 20 young people are selected each year, and there are now 85 rural young people who have participated within the Victorian Rural Youth Ambassador Program.
For more information click on the link: Rural Youth Ambassadors
CEP facilitates an annual Rural Learning Summit during August to provide the opportunity to explore in depth a key area of focus impacting on rural education provision.
Representatives from schools, early years services, further education organisations, local government, key stakeholder groups, rural community organisations and interested people are invited to participate within this one day Summit.
The outcomes of these Rural Learning Summits are then presented to education sectors and governments. An example of the Rural Learning Summit was the development of the Rural Learning Declaration that was developed in 2014 – Rural Learning Declaration 2014 Final.
The Country Education Partnership supports a number of communication strategies to ensure that rural and remote education communities are informed of the issues, challenges,initiatives and programs occurring within rural and remote education, highlighting any relevant research, showcasing best practice education within rural and remote communities, and promoting activities and forums relevant to rural and remote education.
Bush Voices is CEPs electronic newsletter and this is circulated on a regular basis. For the latest edition, and previous Bush Voices click on: Bush Voices
The CEP website provides a valuable information portal for rural and remote education communities.