Thyne Reid Foundation has confirmed a further three-year partnership with Flinders University, to provide financial support to students undertaking extended practicums in South Australian country schools, until 2021. The funding will assist students with the main costs associated with a rural placement such as travel, accommodation, meals and day to day living expenses, along with the maintenance of their home-base accommodation and the loss of income from city-based employment.
Final year Bachelor of Education Sciences student, Rachel Kielow recently received financial support through the Thyne Reid Foundation and was grateful for the rural teaching experience. “I have had the fantastic opportunity of doing my placement at Keith Area School,” said Rachel. “Thank you for my scholarship, it has allowed me to go to the country for my placement and also to be involved in the wider community.”
Since 2014 the initiative has successfully supported 60 teaching students from Flinders University. Last year, 70% of the participating students accepted teaching positions in regional or rural schools once they graduated.
“The initiative clearly helps to familiarise pre-service teachers with the unique challenges – and also the unique rewards – of living and teaching in the country,” said Emeritus Professor John Halsey, who established the partnership with Thyne Reid Foundation in 2014.
Thyne Reid Foundation has a very long and distinguished philanthropic track record, particularly in advancing equality in education. Their financial assistance with this initiative will build the capacity of Flinders education graduates which, in turn, will improve the quality of education provided in rural South Australian communities.