Warrae Wanni Pathways to School

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The Pathways project aims to break down barriers between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people in Muswellbrook and create learning opportunities for children before starting kindergarten. In just its second year, the project has improved learning milestones and increased parental engagement.

Supported by our New South Wales Energy Coal Asset and delivered by Muswellbrook South Public School, the Warrae Wanni Pathways to School Project is designed to assist disadvantaged preschool-aged children, including those from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, by providing access to quality early childhood education and essential services, such as audiometry, optometry, occupational and speech therapy. The project combines a number of our Company’s areas of community focus – education, health and local development – key building blocks in strengthening society as a whole.

The program aims to break down barriers between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people in Muswellbrook and improve a number of quality of life indicators.

The ultimate goal of the project is to create learning opportunities for children before they start kindergarten and to assist in improving educational outcomes as they get older. The project encourages parents to value education by providing opportunities for them to get involved with their children, other parents and community support services.

Read more on our community investment activities in the BHP Billiton Community Review (PDF 3.6 MB)

Timing Investment

2012 to 2015

A$300,000 over three years