As part of State Education Week celebrations at Yarrabah State School (YSS), RATEP graduates who are also current employees at the school were presented with a Certificate of Recognition for the significant contributions they have made to YSS and to the Yarrabah community.
RATEP Teacher Co-ordinator Amanda Barrett delivered a brief presentation on the aims of RATEP and Mayor Errol Neal and Councillor Malcolm Canendo spoke to RATEP and local staff about the importance of the work they have done and are doing for the betterment of community and for all Australians.
There are 5 fully qualified teachers on YSS staff who have graduated from the RATEP program through James Cook University and many more who have achieved their Certificate IVs and Diploma in Education (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) from TAFE Queensland North. This number does not include RATEP graduates who are currently teaching at other schools or in other positions in education. It also does not include RATEP graduates who have gone on to further study in other areas. Councillor Malcolm Canendo who proactively manages the Education portfolio at the Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council is one of such graduates.