TAFE Western Bathurst College will present a meaningful educational session to a number of high schools in the region to highlight the importance of the annual Close the Gap Campaign.
TAFE Western Nursing and Health Teacher Kathryn Pearce said the Close the Gap campaign was celebrated annually on March 17, and the Nursing team felt it was important to endorse the event’s 10th anniversary.
“The objective for us is to raise awareness of the Close the Gap campaign and to educate Bathurst and district youth and their local communities about the significant health inequalities between Indigenous and non-Indigenous populations. Education is key to working towards closing the gap,” Ms Pearce said.
“These brief educational sessions will be presented to Year 10 students in the lead up to the Close the Gap day on March 17, and so far the response has been fantastic with St Stanislaus College, MacKillop College, The Scots School, Bathurst High School and Kelso High School all taking part.
“TAFE Western is committed to closing the gap Indigenous peoples face when it comes to education and training opportunities. This program will help us work closely and build relationships with the Indigenous community and work collaboratively with the Aboriginal Education Unit.”
As part of the educational session, participating students will be invited to be involved in an art competition, with works displayed and judged at TAFE Western.
“The addition of the art competition gives the students an opportunity to work together through a choice of mediums and to express their ideas through a creative outlet,” Ms Pearce said.
“Invitations will be extended to Indigenous Elders to judge the competition, creating a unique opportunity to involve the local Indigenous community to come together with school students and representatives, TAFE Western staff and the community.”
The first educational session will be held tomorrow (March 1) at MacKillop College at 11.15am.
For more information about this program, please contact Ms Pearce on 6338 2469 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.