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Polly Farmer Foundation expands Follow The Dream program

Geraldton Guardian
Caranarvon Follow The Dream students Isabelle McKennay, 12, Dejana Cruse, 13, Keely O'Sullivan, 13 last year.
Camera IconCaranarvon Follow The Dream students Isabelle McKennay, 12, Dejana Cruse, 13, Keely O'Sullivan, 13 last year. Credit: Ben Teo Photography/Ben Teo Photography

A successful Statewide program will open to Aboriginal students in Geraldton to help empower them to achieve their full learning potential.

State Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery announced this week the expansion of the Polly Farmer Foundation’s Follow The Dream program into three schools in the Mid West, South West and the Kimberley.

For more than 20 years, the program has provided educational experiences for Aboriginal students in WA public schools, encouraging students to celebrate their culture while providing a sense of belonging and connection to their community.

The continued success of the program in schools around the State sees student participation increasing every year.

Geraldton Senior High School will join 92 public schools already participating in what Ms Ellery said was a successful program that empowered students to achieve their best. Aboriginal Affairs Minister Stephen Dawson said the investment in each of the three regional communities new to the program would provide young Aboriginal people with access to the experiences that came from participating in the program.

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“This program aligns with our socio-economic targets for the National Agreement on Closing the Gap to ensure Aboriginal students achieve their full learning potential, including by further education pathways,” he said.

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