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.
Country Education Partnership connects on a regular basis with a range of rural and remote learning communities through a number of states. It undertakes this work through:
- facilitating forums with rural and remote education communities,
- specific workshops focusing on key areas of challenge for rural and remote education communities and
- individual discussions with education organisations, education leaders and rural and remote communities
- undertake, or facilitate, research into key areas that impact on the provision of quality education
to identify key areas of focus that are see as challenges in the provision of rural and remote learning into the future.
Representing rural and remote education to governments, educations sectors and key stakeholder groups.
- 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;
- strong links with other key stakeholder groups such as principal, parent, student, school governance and union organisations.
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.
Supporting Student Agency.
Country Education Partnership facilitates a high quality Rural Student Voice initiative known as the “Rural Inspire”.
Rural Inspire embraces a number of initiatives aimed at enhancing the aspiration and dreams of children and young people within rural and remote communities. These initiatives include:
- Rural Youth Ambassador leadership program;
- linking “successful” rural people back to their communities;
- youth leadership programs
- social media communication
- supporting rural and remote young peoples transition to further study or employment.
Communication and Promotion:
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 Country Education Partnerships electronic newsletter (blog) and this is circulated on a regular basis. For the latest edition, and previous Bush Voices click on: Bush Voices
In addition Country Education Partnership 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”