Future Brumby Labor will invest $208.2 million in education for life – The Year 9 Experience

Future Brumby Labor will invest $208.2 million in education for life – The Year 9 Experience

Posted on 16. Nov, 2010 in Election Media Release, Victoria

Premier, John Brumby, today unveiled a once-in-a-generation transformation of secondary schooling, to teach young Victorians the life skills they need for the future.

Mr Brumby said a future Labor Government would invest $208.2 million in Education for Life: the Year 9 Experience – to give government secondary school students the opportunities available at leading private schools.

Education for Life: the Year 9 Experience will run for a school term, focusing on life skills such as leadership training, saving and budgeting, volunteering, community service and bushfire awareness – to build resilience and independence among our young people.

“We are determined to change the way we teach our young people, to equip them for the challenges of the future,” Mr Brumby said.

“By transforming the way we deliver Year 9 education, we will be able to unlock the great potential in our young people and equip them for the future.

“I want every Year 9 student at a government school to have the opportunities offered by our State’s leading private schools.”

Mr Brumby said Labor would give every Year 9 student at a Victorian Government school the opportunity to spend at least two weeks at a camp as part of the full-term Year 9 Experience.

A future Labor Government will invest around $2000 extra per Year 9 student for secondary schools across Victoria to deliver the Year 9 Experience and employ more teachers and support staff.

“Education experts and many parents agree that Year 9 can be a critical crossroad for young people – we are determined to deliver new ideas and fresh thinking to keep our young people on the right track,” Mr Brumby said.

“The Year 9 Experience will run for a full school term and will be an intensive personal development and life skills course that will take students out of the traditional classroom setting and provide new experiences and challenges.

“The centrepiece of the Year 9 Experience will be a two-week camp where students will build on their new skills and develop strong bonds with their classmates. The two-week camp could include a city experience for rural students, a regional setting for suburban students, outdoor challenges and leadership programs.”

Education and Skills Minister Bronwyn Pike said the combination of a full-term program and a two-week camp would include outdoor, environmental, cultural, regional, interstate and sport activities.

“Students will have the opportunity to complete certificate courses with the Country Fire Authority (CFA), State Emergency Service (SES), Life Saving Victoria and St John Ambulance,” Ms Pike said.

“The Year 9 Experience will give kids time away from the traditional classroom and they will develop skills such as self-reliance, independence, respect, teamwork and caring.”

The Year 9 Experience will commence in one third of Government secondary schools in 2012, with that number to increase to 60 per cent in 2013 and all Government schools in 2014.

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