Thursday, 23 November 2017

The Andrews Labor Government is helping make Mirboo North Primary School a more inclusive school for local students and families.

Harriet Shing, Member for Eastern Victoria Region announced today that the school will receive $200,000 under the $20 million Inclusive Schools Fund.

The funding boost will go towards an inclusion centre that will have learning benefits for all students, with a specific focus on those with disabilities or special needs. An existing multi-purpose room will be redeveloped to link with an outdoor sensory garden with play equipment. Sensory gardens are designed to promote inclusivity by offering stimulating sensory experiences for children of all abilities.

The Labor Government’s Inclusive Schools Fund helps government schools implement innovative projects that promote inclusive school environments. It helps schools better support the needs of children and young people with a disability, by providing funding to build school facilities.

The project is part of a $2.5 billion investment over three years to build the Education State, giving every student access to a great local school with a great education.

Victoria’s school building boom has delivered more than 1,000 school upgrades and 56 new school projects across the state, supporting almost 5,000 construction jobs for Victorians.

Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Region, Harriet Shing:

“This inclusion centre will make a wonderful difference for students, teachers and staff, and will continue to get even better with time.”

“I encourage other Gippsland schools to come up with their own creative ideas about how they can make their learning environments accessible, friendly and welcoming for everyone.”