education funding

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Petition to Ministry of Education

Studylink to reassess Student Allowance eligibility criteria

Although I support my family by working part-time on top of earning secondary school qualifications, Studylink calls me ineligible for a Student Allowance (Weekly payment made by the government that doesn't have to be paid back). This is because one of my family's two sources of income is irregular and greatly reduced by tax and business expenses which are not taken into consideration by Studylink. This means that I am reliant on scholarships and loans to get me through 6+ years of competitive university away from home to reach my dream of Medicine. I believe that every student who has no choice but to be financially self-reliant because they will not be receiving support from parents/caregivers should be eligible for a Student Allowance. This is not happening under Studylink's current policy. If some students receive Governmental support while others don't, then those who slip through the cracks are disadvantaged further by being made an even smaller minority. Money is powerful, and its presence or absence in the life of an eager student will aid or obstruct them in the pursuit of their dreams. This criterion is that deciding line, and if it's causing students like me to have a smaller chance of reaching a successful future; then it’s not good enough. If the criteria used for deciding whether a student is eligible to apply for a Student Allowance was made more flexible or considerate of special circumstances (AKA more human), then no student with a dream and good intentions to pursue it will step into tertiary education without the necessary means to support themselves. Please help me urge Studylink to reassess their policy so that New Zealand students can have equal access to education.

Aliesha Taramai
3,253 supporters
Update posted 4 weeks ago

Petition to Hon. Rob Stokes MP, Hon. Sarah Mitchell MLC

Save Globe Wilkins!

‘We all know that early childhood education makes more difference to children’s life chances than anything else. The kids at Globe Wilkins are literally receiving the best start to their education of any group of children across Australia.’ Inner West Mayor Darcy Byrne, 5 March 2018 Globe Wilkins is the only Inner West preschool to receive the Australian Childcare Education and Care Quality Authority Excellence Rating, the highest rating a service can achieve. It is one of only 13 preschools in NSW awarded this rating and the only preschool in Sydney to have received it more than once. Unfortunately, this incredible preschool faces an uncertain future. The lease on the grounds where it has resided for 20 years expires at the end of 2019 and the preschool has been informed there is no intention to renew it. (This in turn could end May Murray, Marrickville's unique and beloved early childhood centre of over 40 years: visit the Hands Off May Murray! petition for more info.)   We believe the closure of Globe Wilkins Preschool would be a devastating loss to our community. Furthermore, Globe’s closure is at complete odds with the Department of Education’s policy, which advocates for increased access to high-quality Early Childhood Education, citing research that this not only gives children the best start at school but sets them up for the rest of their lives.  What does Globe’s closure mean for our community? Globe has the highest number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children enrolled across all Council Early Learning Centres. Globe has an exceptional commitment to promoting Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander culture, collaborating closely with the Aboriginal Education Consultative Group (AECG) in creating an Indigenous Cultural Framework to guide theory and practice in ECE settings, including implementing a localised, endorsed Sydney Aboriginal Preschool Language program. Globe also employs an Aboriginal educator to foster and reinforce a sense of cultural identity and to provide a strong Aboriginal role model while learning in an authentic way.  Globe also has the highest number of children enrolled who experience a disability, across all Council centres. Educators at Globe strive and advocate for practices that achieve the goal of true inclusion of children who experience a disability. The closure would dismantle a highly knowledgeable, dedicated and passionate team of educators (with 165 years’ of experience collectively), whose long-term commitment to Globe bucks the trend of high educator turnover elsewhere. The staff are leaders in their field, at the forefront of global research in ECE; they provide training for early childhood educators across the country and are regularly approached for research studies, based on their long-standing reputation for high-quality practices. Globe strives to create a fairer and more equitable playing field for everyone in the community, in particular those who experience a disability, the disadvantaged and Indigenous children. External agencies such as Australian Refugee Council, Brighter Futures and Plumtree consistently refer families to Globe for guaranteed exceptional care and education. Closing Globe also means fewer childcare spaces and longer waiting lists for Inner West families – of the present and future – despite an ever-growing demand for early childcare services in the area. Please act now to save our exceptional local preschool and ensure that future generations have access to the best possible start in life.

Save Globe Wilkins!
1,748 supporters
Update posted 9 months ago

Petition to Rob Stokes

Protect Australian Education from Chinese Communist infiltration

Protect Australian Education from Chinese Communist infiltration - primary school to University level. Help protect our children and support the employment of local teachers who are Australian accredited, who have working with children background checks, value and uphold Australian education standards which are not determined by foreign governments. Australian Education Departments have allowed the Chinese government (the Chinese Communist Party) to directly establish classes in primary, secondary and tertiary institutions. These classes are funded by the Chinese Government. The materials and topics taught are overlooked and influenced by the Chinese education authorities. This is the only foreign government in our country that has direct access to our precious and vulnerable students. The Confucius classrooms will not allow discussion of topics "sensitive" to the Chinese regime such as Tibet, Taiwan, Falun Gong or the Tiananmen Square massacre, this is a propaganda directive from the Chinese Government and deliberate form of censorship of historical facts. The teaching of Chinese language and culture is welcomed in NSW schools, but it should be available free from the influence of Chinese Communist Party doctrine and censorship. The undersigned petitioners therefore ask Australian Education Departments, Schools and Universities to: 1. Act to remove Confucius classrooms/institutes from our Australian schools and replace them with an Australian-run organisation. 2. Ensure the curriculum of any Chinese language or culture courses in Australian schools are free from foreign censorship and propaganda. Join other reputable Universities and cities who have already rejected the Confucius classrooms and Institutes, such as in Toronto district school board, Chicago University, Pennsylvania University, Stockholm University.

Alexander Nilsen
494 supporters
Started 1 year ago

Petition to Premier Mark McGowan

Save Moora College

The closure of Moora Residential College, a public accommodation facility for remote and isolated students, at the end of 2018 will see current students without accommodation to continue their studies at CMSHS. Central Midlands Senior High School is the only Public Senior High School between Geraldton and Perth offering studies including ATAR, VET and Cert studies to Year 12 with in class teachers.  A projected loss of $350,000 in funding to CMSHS with the loss of students and additional loss to the town of up to $2m from the economy in the first year as well as the loss of whole families in continuing years moving elsewhere to obtain a better education for the children will affect us all. The ripple effect caused by this one small decision to close our boarding facilities has the ability to decimate our school, our town and indeed our entire region within a few short years. The McGowan government refuses to acknowledge not only the impact this decision will on all of those involved, but also the true cost saving - ZERO. Funding follows the students, therefore there are no cost savings or budget repair to this cut - only heartbreak for the kids and families involved. We have successfully argued all of their points on the reasons for closure but the government does not wish to lose face by admitting they have made another mistake. We need your help to make them see it is not okay to use political tactics to interfere with a child’s education no matter whether 26 or 2600! If you make a mistake, own it and move on - it’s that simple - we won’t go away, only get louder! Please sign our petition and share with your friends to show Mr McGowan and our current government that this decision is cruel and unnecessary. More info is available on our website and you can find us on Facebook-Save Moora College, Twitter @savemoorarc and Instagram Save Moora College  

Central Midlands Senior High School P&C
1,313 supporters