ICPA will advocate for ECEC at upcoming event
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ICPA to advocate for the importance of ECEC at Beef Australia gathering

by Freya Lucas

April 26, 2024

The Isolated Children and Parents Association (ICPA) will advocate for early childhood education and care (ECEC) at an upcoming Beef Australia event. 


ICPA will appear on the speaking program for the Educate and Embrace event, which will include panel discussions with prominent speakers with diverse backgrounds in rural education, agriculture, and community advocacy, bringing lived experience of the challenges of education in the bush. 


The Educate and Embrace seminar will underscore the importance of accessible education from early childhood through adulthood, highlighting that geographical location should never hinder learning or future success, ICPA Federal president, Louise Martin said.


“By ensuring equitable access to education, we’ll keep our talent right here, driving opportunity in their chosen paths, and keeping those interested in essential regional industries like agriculture, here,” Ms Martin said.


“The challenges faced by rural and remote families are immense, from the rising cost of living to the turbulent markets. Yet, within these communities lies incredible talent and potential. Ignoring their needs not only undermines the future of rural education but also hampers the growth of vital sectors like agriculture,” she added.


ICPA’s seminar aims to address these issues head on, and to seek solutions that will not only alleviate the burdens faced by families but also unlock the full potential of rural Australia. 


“It’s a conversation that exceeds geography and politics, focusing squarely on how we can adequately provide for our youth and the opportunities they deserve,” Ms Martin concluded.


Rural journalist Arlie Felton-Taylor will act as moderator in the discussion, sharing invaluable insights from her two decades of experience in reporting on rural issues and advocating for regional Australia.


For more information about the Thursday 9 May event please visit the ICPA website

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