CCLLEN looking for the opinion of our youth

By Lachlan Durling

WITH more than 10 per cent of young people in Campaspe Shire disengaged from our education system at the 2016 census, local organisations are teaming up to tackle the issue.

Campaspe Cohuna Local Learning and Employment Network (CCLLEN) and Campaspe Shire have jointly funded a review into issues in the district and are giving young people a chance to have their say.

With 465 children aged 5 to 14 not attending any form of schooling, the Voice of our Youth program aims to capture the reasons why young people aged 12-24 living in the Loddon-Campaspe region leave school early, and to develop solutions to the issue.

In 2018, more than 600 students in the Loddon-Campaspe region left education without a Year 12 or equivalent qualification.

Key factors the project aims to understand are the current challenges faced by Campaspe Youth to stay at school and why some young people are disengaging from school.

“We want to hear from young people about what works in education, and what improvements they would like to see,” CCLLEN executive officer Anne Trickey said.

The project will also consult with families, education sector professionals and local business leaders to identify current barriers and future solutions to support young people's engagement in education through to employment.

This initiative is driven by the Loddon Campaspe Regional Partnership. If you would like to be involved in this process, contact Jane Reid at CCLLEN on 0447 530 618 or [email protected]

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