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City-Country Partnership Progam empowers Beagle Bay students through Tourism VET

The City-Country Partnership Program seeks to bridge the educational gap between remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander schools and high-performing metropolitan schools. Yadha Muru Foundation is supporting a formal partnership between Sacred Heart School Beagle Bay and Chisholm Catholic College as part of this Program.

Sacred Heart School is a Catholic Primary and Secondary School in Beagle Bay located in the remote area of the Kimberley region of Western Australia.  Beagle Bay has a rich history of the Nyul Nyul people with the school catering to 65 Aboriginal students.

Supported by Chisholm Catholic College, a large co-educational high school in Perth, this unique partnership centres around the development of Vocational Education and Training (VET) in Tourism.  Aiming to improve school engagement and attendance, the partnership will form a pathway for enhanced education, training and employment opportunities in the Kimbereley region.

This strategic partnership will leverage tourism’s potential impact on education in Beagle Bay and its role in creating training and job opportunities for students and the broader community in the Kimberley region.

“This Partnership has been guided by the Nyul Nyul community who recognise tourism as an educational and employment pathway due to skills shortages in the Kimberley region,” said Prof. Leanne Holt, Chairperson of the Yadha Muru Foundation.

“At Yadha Muru Foundation, we believe in creating practical pathways for education and employment on Country. This Partnership is another example of our commitment to supporting education collaboration to enhance literacy and numeracy skills for our students,” she concluded.

Both schools are part of the Catholic Education Western Australia (CEWA) who will support the Partnership closely.

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