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Aboriginal Education - Schools Engagement Programs

Aboriginal Education is a key priority for Western Sydney University. The University works with the school sector, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders and educators, and other stakeholders to build the educational aspirations, skills and confidence of Aboriginal school students, and support their participation and success in higher education or other beneficial post-school career pathways. The programs all incorporate Aboriginal cultural enrichment as an essential element, and involve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander university students as mentors and role models. 

Pathways To Dreaming is for year 8 to 12 students who participate in activities designed to broaden their horizons and assist them to define and achieve educational and career goals.

Heartbeat focuses on health, medicine and related sciences. Students join in primary school They learn about good health practices and are encouraged to consider careers in health-related fields.

Walking Tall Together gives year 9 and 10 students a wide-ranging taste of university life through on-campus school holiday "camps".

Partnerships for Success: Ngara Wingara. This program is a partnership with the Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation. An after-school tuition centre for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander high school students has been established at Campbelltown campus. Selected students attend at least two evenings per week and are tutored by qualified teachers assisted by university students. The program structure is based on the Foundation's very successful "Partnerships for Success" model. Partnerships for Success: Ngara Wingara is funded through the Australian Government's Higher Education Participation IHEPP program with the support of sponsors and Western Sydney University.