Engaging Aboriginal Boys In Education22 Jun 2016
A commitment to improving the lives of young Aboriginal men
The Paul Ramsay Foundation is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Clontarf Foundation. We will provide $10 million over 6 years to fund the expansion of new Clontarf academies into NSW and Queensland, enabling the organisation to work with an additional 900 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander boys across both states. In addition to expansion, the Foundation will provide additional funding to track a cohort of boys from year 8 to year 12, to highlight what additional support enables them to complete high school.
Clontarf works with Aboriginal boys in schools across the country with the aim of improving their discipline, life skills, self-esteem and employment prospects. They work directly with the young men to increase their school attendance, engagement in their education, completion of Year 12 and ultimately, their sense of belonging. Clontarf academies are located within partner schools to provide a safe and culturally appropriate environment where the boys can participate in a diverse range of activities.
Clontarf have a proven demonstrated model that has been scaled throughout five states over the past 16 years. Their success can be attributed to a range of factors, but most notably the commitment and passion shown by all staff who work tirelessly with the young men.
Simon Freeman, CEO of the Paul Ramsay Foundation said “I am delighted to be able to announce this commitment. We have worked for over a year to develop a strong relationship with the Clontarf Foundation and during this time we have seen first-hand the impact it is having on the lives of Aboriginal boys. At this stage in our evolution this is a sound investment in the area of Indigenous disadvantage, particularly given our additional focus on education. Paul was a man who believed in young people and the power of education and I know he would have been thrilled with this partnership.”