Students in rural and remote areas will be encouraged to market their communities as great places to live and teach by taking part in a Teach Queensland Style photo competition.
The State Government initiative encourages students and their families to produce short promotional videos showcasing rural and remote Queensland in all of its glory.
The A/V’s will then form the basis of a campaign aimed at student teachers and teachers as a means of encouraging them to seek a posting to a rural or remote community.
Education Minister Grace Grace says with more than half of our state schools located in regional, rural and remote locations and having the students involved in the campaign is a great initiative.
“Who better to say and show what they like about living in a country area.’’
Ms Grace said the Teach Queensland Style campaign has encouraged beginning and experienced teachers to explore outback Queensland, build new friendships and strengthen their career prospects as teachers.
“Nearly 2000 teachers arrived in regional, rural and remote communities to begin or advance their teaching careers this year in Queensland state schools. Initiatives like the Teach Queensland Style campaign have really helped us to attract teachers to apply for positions in regional, rural and remote state schools.”
“Students and families living outside major metropolitan areas will certainly benefit from the skills and expertise these teachers bring to their new schools and I know they will be warmly welcomed into their new communities.”
“For teachers who have not had the opportunity to visit these areas, these videos offer a glimpse into the unique experience of teaching in a regional, rural or remote state school.”
Details of the Teach Queensland Style photo competition will be available later in the year.