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Western Australia Minister for Education Peter Collier

Partnership To Boost East Pilbara Schools

Victor P Taffa

  • $3.6 Million partnership between State Government and mining industry renewed
  • Students to benefit from more literacy, numeracy and trades programs

Students in the Pilbara will benefit from a range of extra education and training programs following the renewal of a $3.6 Million partnership between the State Government and mining industry.

Education Minister Peter Collier announced today that the Department of Education and BHP Billiton Iron Ore would continue to work together to benefit students in Port Hedland and Newman for another three years.

“This is a terrific collaboration between the State Government and the mining industry and is designed to benefit students via the provision of additional learning opportunities.” Mr. Collier said.

The investment will see education and training initiatives provided for students at Hedland Senior High School, Newman Senior High School and all primary schools in the area.

“More literacy, numeracy, science and trades programs in these schools mean students are more likely to remain at school and have more options when they graduate.”

The partnership will also support opportunities for Aboriginal students, including the Follow the Dream program which provides support for aspiring university students.

“Aboriginal people represent approximately 14 % of Port Hedland’s population and it is vital we continue to provide opportunities for Aboriginal students that best meet their needs and encourage them to remain at school.”

“The ongoing commitment from BHP Billiton to public education offers students in the East Pilbara access to a great range of education programs and services that address local needs.” Mr. Collier said.

BHP Billiton Iron Ore first partnered with the department in 2005 and the conclusion of the latest agreement in 2015 will see close to $10 Million invested by the company.

Fact File

  • Six focus areas of the partnership are: attendance, literacy and numeracy; tertiary resources; trades resources; mathematics and science; transitional programs; and attraction and retention of teachers
  • Attracting and retaining teachers to the East Pilbara is also supported by the Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation, Mission Australia, the Youth Involvement Council and Swan Districts Football Club

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