Flexible classroom celebrates one year milestone

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A flexible learning classroom at Yilli Rreung Short Stay Accommodation (YiSSA) has reached a one year milestone, with 146 children attending.

A flexible classroom program at Yilli Rreung Short Stay Accommodation (YiSSA), Batten Road, Marrara has helped 146 children experiencing homelessness access valuable education opportunities.

TFHC Homelessness staff Erica Lewis, Paul Dawson and DCEO Housing Brent Warren joined staff from Department of Education, Mission Australia, Yilli Rreung and Karama Primary School to celebrate the program’s one year milestone.

The staff and students were joined by Minister for Housing and Homelands Selena Uibo to mark the occasion.

“Having a classroom onsite at YiSSA means children can be part of a school environment and have a pathway to re-engage with education, including joining the local primary school,” Territory Families, Housing and Communities staff member Paul Dawson said.

“This program puts kids first and is a great example of government and support services working together.”

The classroom trial started in Term 3, 2021, and caters for preschool, primary and secondary students with the aim of re-engaging students into the school system.

YiSSA provides short-stay accommodation options for people visiting from remote communities, as well as providing an integrated response for those who are sleeping rough, or at risk of homelessness.

Territory Families, Housing and Communities staff Brent Warren, Erica Lewis and Paul Dawson.
Territory Families, Housing and Communities staff Brent Warren, Erica Lewis and Paul Dawson.

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