Through mentoring we were able to support the community to build a picture of what they want in terms of their education to feed back to the system – including discussions about homelands education, ‘both ways’ education, boarding school education. Some early feedback at the end of 2016 provided by stakeholders highlights this:
- “More confidence, especially in the recent graduates in talking about their pathways and what they need.”
- “People talking about pathways”
- “Greater exposure to career pathways”
We also facilitated a workshop with twenty one interagency staff to access family and community perspectives on education in a workshop where the theme of ‘mentoring’ was one key issue highlighted and discussed.
We supported the community to identify actions to strengthen education pathways. In the words of one workshop participant: “In my opinion, and having not seen a programme like this before in action on the ground, the valuable thing that I have seen is the start of a pathway and an education about what higher education can do, and [how it can] be available for people within community.”