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With the new Strategic Plan for 2017-2020 developed during the year for Montessori education in the Torres Strait, the partners to the Strategic Plan (Tagai State College, TSIREC, YUMI Education Inc. and MCF) met and confirmed their continued commitment to a belief in education as preparation for a happy, healthy and fulfilling life for each human being, as an individual, as a member of a family and a community, and as a citizen of the Torres Strait nation. 

Further, the partners believe that families and communities should take a lead role in making education choices for their children, facilitated by the opportunity to access a Montessori education and also the knowledge and skills to make an informed choice. 

Fundamental to the realisation of this vision is the development of a sustainable model of service delivery for Montessori education. Through such a model, Montessori education programmes in the Torres Strait will: 

  • Be of the highest pedagogical quality
  • Build on the capacity of Torres Strait Islanders to deliver Montessori education
  • Inform and engage families and the local community

There are currently eleven Strait Start programmes operating in the Torres Strait
 (an increase of three from 2016) on the following Islands: TI, Badu, Kubin, Mer, Saibai, Dauan. Poruma, Masig, Erub, Boigu and Iama. 

On 4 August 2017, National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day was celebrated throughout the Torres Strait with the launch the Strait Start YouTube channel and parenting videos. 

Tagai State College primary campuses hosted special morning teas and children’s events to promote the release of four videos on parenting and early childhood development, specifically for families in the Torres Strait. 

Strait Start YouTube Channel

The YouTube Channel is another extension of the successful Strait Start initiative – an early years programme for families of young children, unique to the Torres Strait. The content uses familiar images and theories from the Montessori Education approach, to build families’ confidence, skills and capacity to create the best conditions for their children’s development. 

In addition to the community events, Tagai State College and YUMI Education Inc. distributed specialised wooden rattles to infants through its primary campuses. 

From 2018, the partners plan to distribute these rattles to all babies born in the Torres Strait. To access the Channel, go to: Strait Start YouTube Channel.

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