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Students produce learning kits for the young

Kerry Perrin (ETOW), executive principal of Dubbo College Stacey Exner, Cathy Jones (ETOW), Chelsea Gaio, Lauren Temessl, Jo Camp, Maddy Buckley, local MP Troy Grant, Britney Chapman, Maggie Pittman and Anne Shortis (ETOW) pictured during the launch. Photo: Dubbo College Kerry Perrin (ETOW), executive principal of Dubbo College Stacey Exner, Cathy Jones (ETOW), Chelsea Gaio, Lauren Temessl, Jo Camp, Maddy Buckley, local MP Troy Grant, Britney Chapman, Maggie Pittman and Anne Shortis (ETOW) pictured during the launch. Photo: Dubbo College

A group of Dubbo College girls have worked hard on their weekends to produce educational kits now on the shelves at Macquarie Regional Library.

The kits, which can be borrowed by schools, community groups and individuals, have been designed to cater for the educational needs of the young, providing resources in literacy, numeracy, strategy and problem solving.

The project, funded by the State Government and administered by Education and Training Out West (ETOW), saw 15 girls from Year 10 begin working on the kits in 2016.

“Many of those girls have gone on to get jobs and others are continuing their education at Dubbo College Senior Campus,” ETOW’s Anne Shortis said.

“It is a real credit to the girls that they have worked so hard on this project and have produced aesthetically pleasing and very useful educational kits for the Dubbo community.

“The Youth Opportunities project provided these girls with skills in decision-making, research, team work and problem-solving, as well as increasing their general confidence in learning and communication.”

The educational kits were presented to director of the Macquarie Regional Library John Bayliss.

For 17-year-old Jo Camp, who is now in Year 11 at Dubbo College, the project resulted in a different approach to her education.

“My confidence is just so much greater and I now find myself asking questions in class, when before the project I was really quite shy,” she said.

“As well as this it has taught me the importance of working in a team and being mindful of the needs and thoughts of others.”

Year 12 student Lauren Temessl, who was a project manager, said the process of putting the kits together was quite complex.

“We spent one day a week with young students at Buninyong Public to help determine their learning needs,” she said.

“Then we presented our work for feedback to Apollo House, the library, Dubbo City Council and the Neighbourhood Centre.

“After receiving the feedback we made some changes to the kits and now they are ready for the community to borrow.

“They contain a range of games and activities focused on fun learning.

“It was a year-long project and we worked on the kits during 12 weekends.”

- Contributed by Dubbo College