From Namalata Thusi’s News In Brief. Issue 16

The Queensland Government has committed $685,000 to continue special education, language and cultural programs at the Cape York Aboriginal Australian Academy.

The programs will serve the dual purposes of preserving local dialects and improving educational outcomes in general.

“By studying their own culture and history, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students feel a greater sense of belonging at school and this leads to improved performance rates,” a government spokesman said.