SIX Wimmera schools are taking part in an initiative intended to engage indigenous families.
Koori Parents and Community Engagement program co-ordinator Gail Harradine said the idea was to help indigenous students and their parents play a more active role in their education.
Ms Harradine said suggestions so far had revolved around art and culture, including music and performing arts.
“All of these strategies are aimed at keeping Koori students in the education system through school,” she said.
The first step was for engagement program leaders to meet principals from several schools in Horsham and Dimboola.
Schools involved include Horsham Primary School, St Brigid’s College, the Horsham West campus of Horsham West-Haven Primary School and Horsham College, incorporating Connect Ed.
Dimboola Primary School and Dimboola Memorial Secondary College are also included.
Initial meetings were held early last month.
Ms Harradine said further meetings would revolve around coming events and activities.
She said the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations had funded the initiative until the end of the school year.
“We have had excellent take-up of the program and lots of ideas coming out of the meetings,” she said.
She encouraged people to call her on 0458 672 176 or email email@example.com for further information.