Alice Springs Agreement Education

The revised declaration pays tribute to the changes in education and employment in the twenty-first century One of the most remarkable new goals of the Mpartnwe Declaration is to focus again and strongly on supporting ATSI students in their learning. As Robert Bolton writes, Mpartnwe`s statement is a direct response to recent data that has shown the widening educational gap between ATSI and non-Indigenous students. By committing to « helping Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander learners reach their full potential, » the Board of Education seems to be finding a way to address the disadvantages these students often face. The declaration was developed following extensive consultations across the country with young people, educators, education and training providers, parents, businesses and industry during the revision of the Melbourne Declaration. The audit received over 250 written submissions and over 900 individuals participated in consultations and/or provided submissions. It is refreshed about every ten years. Goal 1: Australia`s education system fosters excellence and justice The agreement also recognises that all young Australians should have the opportunity to become confident and creative individuals, lifelong learners and active and informed members of the community. In addition to addressing this specific education gap, the Mpartnwe Declaration, in the broad sense, is also an attempt to address the general shortcomings of the Australian education system, as they have been seen over the past decade. In 2019, for the first time in two decades, Australian students` performance in mathematics in the OECD fell from « above average » to « average ».