KEEP Closing the Gap in Education
14 December 2015
Ten more Indigenous students from the East Kimberley will be given the opportunity to attend high-quality private schools next year, when Wunan’s highly successful Indigenous scholarship program is expanded to Melbourne.
The Dural Education Excellence Program (DEEP) began as a pilot in Sydney in 2011 and has since achieved remarkable success. Twelve Indigenous students currently attend private schools in Sydney. Attendance is at almost 100 per cent, academic outcomes have improved significantly, and many of our students have stepped up into leadership roles and achieved outstanding sporting success.
As part of the expansion into Melbourne, the program will be renamed the Kimberley Education Excellence Program (KEEP). It aims to make a meaningful contribution to Wunan’s strategic priority of closing the gap in Indigenous education by giving young people from the East Kimberley an opportunity to attend school regularly, take advantage of tutoring support, live in a stable and supportive environment, and participate in activities that expand their thinking about what is possible in life.