Rural & Regional

Developing The Rural & Regional Communities

The rural and regional communities are one of the most affected by Covid-19. The pandemic has disrupted a whole lot and caused certain severities on their lives and livelihoods. There is a lot to consider in this regard when it comes to making lives better for those in the rural and regional area. Although there are positive stories and potentials from these communities, they are hindered by the absence of access and poor connectivity, which makes it difficult for the communities. Young people in rural areas have felt the impacts of Covid-19 more acutely. Due to poor connection and access, it has been difficult learning with technologies and engaging in online classes. This is one thing that hinders education and further creates a divide between the rural communities and the urban communities. There is an inadequacy of access and mobile penetration that allows young people to tap into the benefits of technology. This makes it challenging to further education during the trying times of the pandemic. Despite these setbacks, young people in rural areas have continued to step up and find ways to remain relevant and contribute to on-going conversations. They have continued to make impacts on people’s lives and develop strategies through which the interests of young persons can be better represented. In different ways, young people have championed the causes of the youth and further cemented the pace of youth when it comes to growth and development. Young people have contributed through participation. There are young people leading change and those engaging actively with rural transformation. The contributions of this young generation have led to several awards marking the importance of the contribution and rewarding the excellent demonstrated by young people in a time when the communities need it the most.

Evaluation of The Budget On Education

One of the crucial ways which Covid-19 hampered young people was through education. When the pandemic struck, learning from home was adopted by many schools, which created the need for students to use technology to access learning platforms. The realities across are, however, not the same. While some people were able to adopt this new approach effortlessly, others couldn’t. This created a gap, which has put some students behind the others. As a result of this, the Budget contemplated effective ways to strengthen the school system such that it makes provisions for the short-term needs and the long-term ones. The Budget heavily invested in supporting young people across primary, secondary, and tertiary education. $219.9 million to serve the purpose of paying for tutors that will deliver learning support for students in small groups. This is aimed at students who need it and who have been left behind as a result of the technology divide. This is necessary considering the existing inequalities and the peculiar challenges faced by those who live in rural and regional communities. This funding includes the provision for education aides and all that is necessary to see to the actualisation of the objective. $116.3 million to serve the purpose of building new schools in the state by 2026. This is a long-term plan to ensure that the best facilities are built to serve education needs. By building several schools across different communities, the government can ensure that every young person has access to education. This prevents lack of access due to the area you live in. $24.5 million to serve the purpose of allowing government schools and students to keep their computers where they will need it. This helps to strengthen the quality of education afforded to students by ensuring that their computers are in great shape and always ready for us. The provision of quality devices that strengthen the use of technology in learning is essential to attaining quality education. $15.5 million to serve the purpose of accelerating the training of teachers and other members of staff. This is important to ensure that only valuable teachers and workers are found in school, thereby strengthening education and its quality. This fund focuses on the needs of rural and regional areas and Aboriginal teachers. The importance of a relevant budget that contemplates the needs of education and provides for them cannot be overstated. While ideas are needed on ways forward, the discourse often goes back to funding. Once the government has shown a commitment to fund solutions, we can close the existing gap between rural and urban communities.

Capacity Building

There is a need also to provide support for young people in rural communities. Beyond formal education, it is expedient to provide capacity building support for young minds. This will help to prepare them for the future and also boost their confidence levels. Participants should learn how to respond and develop strategies to keep their communities safe during disasters and emergencies. This can also include animal welfare topics relevant to each community. This will help young minds know how better to take care of their communities.

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