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 continue to work in partnership with rural and remote communities in developing ongoing approaches in building the capacity of these communities to ensure they can provide a quality education provision for their children and young people. This focus of work will include supporting these rural and remote communities through:
- facilitating workshops and forums;
- undertaking research and data collection specific to rural and remote education;
- supporting the formation of clusters and partnerships to enhance learning opportunities.
CEP will also facilitate a number of professional learning programs focused on enhancing the capacity of education leaders and educators within rural and remote communities and two of these activities that will during 2017 include:
- A twelve month program facilitated by Maggie Farrar in supporting rural and remote communities in building clusters and partnerships to enhance learning opportunities within their communities;
- Sir John Jones will provide a range of forums and workshops to focus on supporting education organisations in developing approaches and initiatives that make a real difference in a students life.
In addition it will also include facilitating a third ‘Global Dialogue’ event with a global audience of education sectors, governments and key stakeholder groups, exploring the significant role collaborative approaches play in the provision of education within rural and remote communities.
For CEP, these events provide further opportunity for rural education communities to discuss and consider opportunities and challenges facing rural and remote education, and therefore ensure that it is well informed when representing such communities to 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”.
Annually, CEP invites schools within rural and remote Victoria to nominate students to be involved within this highly regarded Rural Youth Ambassador program.
Approximately 20 young people are selected each year, and there are now in excess of 110 rural young people who have participated within the Victorian Rural Youth Ambassador Program, and now form an Alumni.
For more information click on the link: Rural Youth Ambassadors 2017
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 and remote education provision.
Representatives from schools, early years services, further education organisations, local government, key stakeholder groups, education sectors, 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.
The focus of the 2016 Rural Learning Summit centred on the developed of a Rural Education Framework Discussion Paper which provided an overall approach to supporting rural and remote education communities into the future.
For a copy of the Rural Education Framework – Discussion Paper click on: Rural Education Framework Discussion Summary 2016 (4)
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
In addition CEP has established both a Facebook page and a Twitter page to provide other social media communication tools in promoting rural and remote education.
To join either of these social media platforms, follow the details below:
- Facebook: search “Country Education Partnership”
- Twitter: search “@countryedproj”