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Wadja Wadja High School
|Program Established: 2003
|# of Children: 20
||Ages Served: 13-15
- Funding for ongoing training and mentoring staff.
- Donations to purchase materials.
- Funds to cover the cost of on-site consultations.
|Contact Person: Megan Tyne, Executive
|Contact Information: firstname.lastname@example.org
|Wadja Wadja High School
is an independent indigenous Montessori program
in the remote community of Woorabinda, which has
a population of approximately 1000 inhabitants.
The Montessori teachers, Jenny and Joel Rioux,
face many challenges but continue to invest in
this new generation of children.|
The daily challenges faced by the staff include
low literacy rates, truancy, staff shortages
and language barriers. The health and isolation
of students from mainstream society affects
their overall life learning experiences as
does their hearing and vision impediments.
Their diet, which is high in fats and sugars
and low in nutrients, adversely impacts their
ability to learn and results in students being
tired, forgetful and anxious in class.
program is now in its fifth year and has resulted
in greater attendance at school, higher academic
achievements, a calmer atmosphere and more
positive attitude toward staff and family.
There are fewer students wandering the streets
at night and they are taking better care of
themselves and the school.
The long term goal
is to establish programs for 0-3, 3- 6 and
6-12 year olds, recognizing that the underlying
issues facing the community will only be addressed
by working with families and children from
Trained Montessorians are encouraged