Models of innovation in education in Wodonga could break down barriers to higher education faced by rural, regional and remote students, and potentially deliver benefits across Australia.
This was the message for the Minister for Education and Training the Hon Senator Simon Birmingham who was invited to Wodonga today by Independent Member for Indi Cathy McGowan.
“Rural and regional education needs to be at the centre of higher education reform,” Ms McGowan said.
“The future of Australia relies on thriving rural, regional and remote communities, and education is the foundation of their success.
“It was exciting to have the Minister see for himself a sample of the education innovation that exists across Indi from the cradle to adulthood: the Community Early Years Childcare Service; the programs and pathways at Wodonga Senior Secondary School, Wodonga Catholic College, and Albury Wodonga Community College; and the collaboration between La Trobe University and Wodonga TAFE.
“These programs have been tailored to local strengths and needs, and some are in danger of losing their funding.
“I’m encouraged by the Minister’s commitment today to listen to what the people who run and use the programs have to say.
“Senator Birmingham will be able to take back to Canberra these outstanding models of how local providers are collaborating to meet local needs.
“This is the Indi way and the models could have benefits for rural, regional and remote students nationally.
“I want to work with the government to put rural and regional Australia at the centre of education policy. When the policies are in place to help develop high quality education and research opportunities in rural and regional Australia, all of Australia will benefit.”