Our younger generations will achieve their full potential, talent and creativity and have the confidence and capacity for hard work so that they can orbit between two worlds and enjoy the best of both.

Cape York Aboriginal Australian Academy

Our vision is that our children achieve their full potential, talent and creativity and have the confidence and capacity for hard work so they can orbit between two worlds and enjoy the best of both.

Best of both worlds education

The Cape York Aboriginal Australian Academy (CYAAA) is a not-for-profit organisation led by Noel Pearson and Cape York Partnerships (CYP), which delivers a 'best of both worlds' education to Indigenous students. It aims to close the academic achievement gap between indigenous and mainstream students and to support Cape York children's bicultural identity.

The Academy's program incorporates three distinct but related learning domains

  • Class: dedicated to teaching mainstream curriculum in English literacy and numeracy
  • Club: enriching extracurricular artistic, musical and sport programs
  • Culture: comprehensive Indigenous culture and language programs

The evolution of CYAAA

In January 2010, in a unique partnership with Education Queensland, CYAAA commenced the operation of a new education approach in the Cape York communities of Aurukun and Coen.

The introduction of the Academy strategically coincided with unprecedented gains made in school attendance achieved by CYPs' Case Management Framework and the Family Responsibilities Commission through Cape York welfare reform.

The Academy implemented its Class program in January 2010. The program uses Direct Instruction, an evidence-based explicit instruction method proven to be highly effective in the teaching of literacy and numeracy to children both in Australia and internationally. The Culture and Club programs will commence during 2010 following community engagement in the design of these programs.

Objectives

Ensure that every child:

  • Regularly attends and is school ready, and with their family engaged in their education
  • Has the literacy and numeracy building blocks in early primary school
  • Is at or above the national minimum benchmarks for literacy and numeracy
  • Regularly engages in their culture and sporting and artistic pursuits
  • Transitions into a high quality, high expectation, secondary school at the required level
This initiative is designed, developed and delivered by Cape York Partnerships and the Every Child Is Special research and development unit.
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