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Speak up: education week to focus on giving students a voice

Empowering students to speak up and be their best will be the focus of Education Week 2019, launched today by Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell.

The Premier signs a cast.

The Premier, Gladys Berejiklian, signs the cast of a student before the Education Week launch.

Ms Berejiklian attended the St Marys North Public School Education Week launch in Penrith and Mrs Mitchell attended the Dubbo College launch with proceedings streamed to both schools via a webcast.

“The focus of the 2019 Education Week, ‘Every Student, Every Voice,’ is about ensuring children across the State feel informed, empowered and supported in their ambitions,” Ms Berejiklian said. “We are unashamedly for lifting standards in our schools and unlocking the massive potential of our young people.

“The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government is investing a record amount into education to provide students with state of the art learning facilities, lifting academic standards, as well as ensuring every student is valued and cared for at school.”

The NSW Government is rolling out a number of unprecedented initiatives, including:

  • Delivering 190 new and upgraded schools through a $6.7 billion investment
  • An expanded Bump it Up program, which is providing all schools in NSW with expanded targets in attendance, wellbeing, equity, numeracy and literacy
  • A $120 million program to ensure parent in NSW has access to Before and After School Care for their child.

Mrs Mitchell reiterated the Government’s support of regional schools at the event in Dubbo.

“Times are so tough in our regional areas at the moment, so it’s more important than ever to ensure children are still getting the best education possible. Normality and consistency is key even though our communities are struggling,” Mrs Mitchell said.

“This Government is investing an unprecedented amount in Education at the moment, and I am thrilled we are providing more pathways and opportunities for families and students in areas like Dubbo and across the State.”

Education Week, now in its 65th year, is an annual event to celebrate NSW public education and communicate the achievements of schools, their students, staff and families.

Today’s launch will kick off a week of celebration of the achievements of public schools, their students, staff and communities. Among the events planned are open days, special assemblies, performances and principals swapping schools.

Find out more about Education Week.

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