Make it known in education

By BELINDA SCOTT

DO you have an opinion about education?

Where should our schools and TAFE colleges be heading in the next five to 10 years?

If you have an opinion and especially if you have some good ideas, the planners at the NSW Department of Education and Training want to hear from you.

The Futures Project is a massive community consultation project which aims to get information from the broad community as well as from teachers, administrators, students and professional planners to drive the future of education in NSW, which is not only a multi-billion dollar business, but the foundation for the society of the future.

Manufacturers, busi- ness people and resort executives, media and local government representatives were among those who spent Thursday night 'brainstorming' some ideas which could be included.

The shortage of young electricians; the need to create an education system people could move into freely at any age; better use of schools by the community and the need for topics like teamwork to be included in TAFE courses were among the topics discussed by those attending the meeting. Everyone is being invited to contribute to the discussion by December 31.

DET planning and innovation manager, Di Paton, said a report on the project would be prepared and made available early in 2005.

A series of brief papers to help guide discussion and stimulate ideas has been collected into the Excellence and Innovation consultation booklet.

n Anyone who wants to read and respond directly on-line can do so at www.det.nsw. edu.au Anyone who wants a hard copy of the Excellence and Innovation booklet can contact Belinda Scott at the Coffs Coast Advocate on 02-66502953. You can post or fax your response using the address details included in the booklet.



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