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A new ACU Campus for Darwin? CaSPA explores the possibility with Prof Greg Craven

Posted on 17 March 2019
A new ACU Campus for Darwin? CaSPA explores the possibility with Prof Greg Craven

Above: Prof Greg Craven sharing his views with CaSPA Directors

CaSPA has been keen in recent years to support the many Catholic Colleges who work in remote areas - invariably with high proportions of Indigenous students. Anecdotally the Principals of these schools tell us that one of the greatest challenges is to attract and retain suitably qualified teachers. Specifically they see the greatest lack of qualification are in the following areas:

  • Religious Education and Theology
  • Specific skills in managing Remote Education
  • Understanding Indigenous Communities and how to best work with them in the education of their children
  • Training Indigenous Support Staff to assist schools with the critical link between home and school

The CaSPA Board has thrown its support behind a move to establish a campus of ACU in Darwin to specialise in these areas.  Ideally this campus would not only prepare local undergraduate and post graduate "locals", but also be a place where those looking to undertake teaching from the larger population areas on the East Coast could come to train and then stay on to work in the Top End.

This was the focus of a discussion with ACU Vice Chancellor during the March Board Meeting of CaSPA.

At the end of the day this is a decision largely between ACU, the local Bishop and Catholic Education Office.  Nevertheless CaSPA is keen to support the initiative in any way it can in order to assist the important ministry of serving the remote areas of Australia.

Tags: State Associations TEMAG Indigenous

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