Project lead: Yumi Education Inc
Project funding: $50,000 Round 3 2013
This project aimed to promote teaching to young people in the Torres Strait by:
- raising awareness of teacher education courses, including alternative entry options, for people from the Torres Strait under 35 years of age and increasing their enrolments
- increasing the number of Cert III Education students from Tagai State College who go on to enrol in teacher education courses
- developing no cost and low cost strategies, in partnership with Tagai State College and James Cook University, that can be implemented by the region’s schools and universities to promote teaching as a career for young people from the Torres Strait.
MATSITI funding assisted with the employment of a project officer to work part time for 12 months. The role was to work within an existing partnership with Tagai State College, James Cook University and Torres Strait Islanders’ Regional Education Council (TSIREC) and to:
- establish a working party with these organisations’ representatives and TAFE North Queensland
- map entry level requirements for teacher education courses and alternative entry pathways
- collate information on scholarships, tertiary experience programs, tuition support and bursaries.
Project outcomes include:
- 36 aspiring/prospective education students identified (16 by referrals, 20 by social media)
- new referrals to James Cook University’s tertiary preparation course for 2015 (alternative pathway to entry into the Bachelor of Education course)
- six existing teacher aides enrolling in a pilot alternative entry course to a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education
- 68 direct enquiries at careers market (current and past secondary students)
- 15 past education students contacted, three of whom were looking to re-enrol for 2016,
- over 100 “likes” on social media campaign
- sponsorship of two annual Torres Strait career markets.
MATSITI evaluation conclusions
This project has launched its promotional activities in a range of effective ways. Its leaders consulted and engaged with education providers and community groups. Continued implementation of these strategies has the potential to increase the number of locally based Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teachers.
This project owes its success to the commitment of a number of organisations working together and reaching out to individuals to encourage them into a teaching career in this unique location.
Project contact: Katie Denzen, YUMI Education Support Service, Torres Strait Islanders’ Regional Education Council