When school teacher Kylie Jones stepped out of the classroom and onto a remote cattle station as a governess, she learned very quickly how little support there is for the staff and family members who oversee the education of outback kids.
So she jumped in her car and started travelling the Top End, clocking up thousands of kilometres and working with dozens of families, creating individualised learning plans for the kids and providing support to the mums, dads and governesses who help them with their distance education schooling.
The experience has been lifechanging for Kylie and for the families she works with. Now, RAISEducation is focused on expanding its services to give even more country kids the chance they deserve to flourish, through a love of learning, quality resources, and the support of grown ups who have the skills to help them reach their potential.
The education challenge in remote farming communities
Kids living in very remote areas have poorer educational outcomes than their metro counterparts at every part of their schooling journey. As little as half of them meet key milestones when they start school, and by Year 7 there’s nearly a full year performance gap between metro and non-metro students. Those remote-living kids are also around 40% less likely to gain tertiary education qualifications.
There’s plenty of research to show high quality early education can make a big difference – but lots of families in remote areas have zero access to early childhood services. In fact, about 85% of people tutoring kids undertaking distance ed are the mums of these kids, who get no assistance, support, respite or remuneration for this role. We don’t think that’s good enough!
"RAISEducation has made an incredible difference to our son Henry’s reading and Maths. He understands what he is learning, and loves completing the work set out by Miss K. We love that the programs are created to suit him, and the support and guidance for Henry and our governess is second to none. The personalised learning content is a big draw card and makes Henry want to learn more, do his best and always complete set work. We highly recommend RAISEducation to everyone as we think it is amazing! "
– Brad & Georgie Vickers (Parents)
"I love the way RAISEducation programs are designed for each individual child and catered to their needs. I have noticed in the past year my son growing from a struggling reader to a much more confident reader who has moved up a lot of levels! Miss Kylie celebrates the success and the achievements of our child just as much as we do. RAISEducation has changed our lives and we would highly recommend them to any families looking at getting extra help for their child.
– Danyelle Haigh (Parent)
"RAISEducation is a fabulous program! It has made a big difference to my student’s education and to me as a governess. My student was having difficulty reading and within a few months of working with RAISE, his reading became a breeze. Kylie also offers a lot of support to the home tutor/governess. I would definitely recommend RAISEducation to anyone with a student or child struggling and needing support in the remote schoolroom. "
– Laura (Governess)
We’re going the distance to help close the education gap for Australian children living in remote locations.
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In the next five years we want to support…
Rural & Remote Children
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Our reason for existing doesn’t just hit close to home – it’s for our home.
As a not-for-profit formed in an isolated location to support isolated families, making a difference in our backyard is what matters most to us.
Stories From ‘Round the Stations
Danyelle & Anthony are raising Heath (8 y.o.) & Theo (3 y.o.) with their Governess teaching the boys.
Brad & Georgie are raising Henry (7 y.o.), William (5 y.o.) and Charlie (1 y.o.) at Delmore Downs Cattle Station with their Governess, Miss Layne, teaching the boys.