The ICEA Remote CommunitIES Program is focused on empowering young people through education, skill-development and two-way-sharing.
ICEA's Remote Communities works with community to empower young people in four main ways: through education, developing youth leadership, capacity-building and through genuine relationship building.
The program provides tangible benefits, as specified by community leaders, to students who achieve attendance targets throughout the term. Their efforts are recognised and awarded with items such as books, pieces of sporting equipment, toys or stationery.
In conjunction with the Ranger groups, ICEA also gives students who achieve 100% attendance the opportunity to take part in a leadership program based on the Aarnja (the regional body for Kimberley Aboriginal people) principle of ‘both way sharing’. The program focuses on caring for country initiatives – providing eligible students the chance to attend a cultural camp twice a year, delivered by local ranger groups and supported by ICEA volunteers.
ICEA also assists the young Indigenous rangers from the Kimberley region to further develop their own leadership skills through ICEA volunteer training and Yarn activities in Perth.
The organisation is currently active in the following schools:
One Arm Point Remote Community School
Christ The King Catholic School (Djarindjin/Lombadina)
Sacred Heart School (Beagle Bay)
2017 will also see the piloting of a new Holiday Program, delivered by ICEA in collaboration with community members. The Holiday Program will incorporate recreation, skill-development, cultural learning and relationship building workshops and activities with the overarching purpose of young people growing confidence in their own ability.
When ICEA was established in 2007, its sole purpose was to improve educational opportunities and outcomes in remote schools and communities. The organisation has since maintained its connections with remote communities – running an incentives program in remote schools, supporting young people from remote communities at boarding schools in Perth, and assisting young Indigenous people in the Kimberley to develop their leadership skills.
ICEA has been granted permission by the Bardi Jawi PBC (Prescribed Body Corporate) and eldership to continue our schools initiatives and cultural work through collaborating with community and developing autonomy.
What We've Achieved
In 2015 the program positively impacted 273 students across three schools on the Dampier Peninsular by providing short and long-term incentives encouraging school attendance and high-school graduation. Short-term incentives include sporting goods, books, toys and leadership and cultural experiences. The long-term incentive is seeing local youth-aged Rangers in meaningful employment, highlighting that there are meaningful, ongoing employment opportunities available to those who finish school and want to remain on country.
In 2016, more than 114 students achieved 85% attendance across the year. We also supported the Bardi Jawi, Bardi Oorany and Nyul Nyul Rangers to deliver four cultural camps throughout the year, which included more than 100 students who were going to school every single day. ICEA was also privileged to host four young Rangers in Perth, who attended our Yarn Training Camp and ICEA Classic, where they were able to share their perspectives, experiences and knowledge as young leaders and as carers for their community and country.