Our experienced volunteers donate their time and expertise to support geographically isolated kids with their learning needs—both virtually and in-person.
Education inequality for Aussie bush kids is not news. It’s been on and off the political agenda for decades—with rolling reviews and commitments but no meaningful solutions to tangibly bridge the divide.
Aussie Helpers CEO Tash Kocks said recent NAPLAN commentary highlighted the continued inequality between Aussie bush and city kids but failed to mention that bush kids tended to perform below the OECD average while city kids performed above it.
“It’s alarming and real—and, because it’s continued for so long—it’s actually intergenerational,” said Ms Kocks.
Federal Education Minister, Jason Clare, recently identified that small-group tutoring, and additional catch-up support were two examples that would help struggling children and were needed now—before the situation worsened.
Aussie Helpers has prioritised action in support of farmers and their families for 21 years, supporting farmers wherever, whenever and however they need it.
“We’re proud of our leading tutoring Aussie Helpers Volunteers for Isolated Student Education (AHVISE) initiative, which has have helped more than 1,500 farming kids.
“Our AHVISE ‘Angels’—experienced, often retired teacher and tutor volunteers—donate their time and expertise to support geographically isolated families with their kids’ education needs—both virtually and in-person.
“We urge all farming families concerned about their kids’ education to reach out to us—we are here for you and ready to help. We help hundreds of bush kids every year,” said Ms Kocks.
Aussie Helpers welcomes teachers and tutors with the appropriate experience to volunteer through our AHVISE program and help make a real difference to bush kids. Aussie Helpers reimburse travel costs of Angels (up to $1,500 per placement), funded entirely through the generous donations of individuals and businesses in the community.
To support Aussie Helpers to improve education inequality and make a difference to the futures of bush kids today—visit ahvise.org.au.