The State Government will invest more than $11.9 million into an Aboriginal Education Strategy which includes the expansion of the South Australian Aboriginal Sports Training Academy into five new schools.
The 5 new academies will be located at Mount Barker High School, Windsor Gardens B-12, Paralowie High School, Coober Pedy Area School and Mount Gambier.
This investment will also see four new centres created as part of the Workabout program which helps engage Aboriginal youth in educational and employment and builds relationships between schools, industry and Aboriginal communities.
The new Workabout centres will be located in metro south and west, Port Lincoln and Murraylands.
The strategy will focus on increasing the attendance and retention rates of Aboriginal students through professional development opportunities and ensuring teachers and leaders are culturally competent.
The State Government and Professor Peter Buckskin, who will represent the Aboriginal community, will work with Aboriginal education leaders, experts and community members to inform and implement the strategy.
The South Australian Aboriginal Strategy will follow on from the DECD Aboriginal Strategy 2013-2016.
SAASTA is a unique educational program that provides Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander high school students with skills, learning and development opportunities.