Alice Springs (Mparntwe) Education Declaration

The Commonwealth and State/Territory Education Ministers have agreed a new national declaration on education goals for all Australians. Known as the Alice Springs (Mparntwe) Education Declaration (the Declaration), it sets out the national vision for education and the commitment of Australian Governments to improving educational outcomes.

Mparntwe (pronounced M-ban tua) is the Arrernte name for Alice Springs. The Aboriginal Arrernte (pronounced arrunda) people are the traditional custodians of Alice Springs and the surrounding region.

Building on the 2008 Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians, Ministers agreed that education should continue to promote excellence and equity and enable all Australians to become confident and creative individuals, successful learners, and active and informed community members.  The two goals of education for young Australians being expressed slightly differently as –

Goal 1: The Australian education system promotes excellence and equity

Goal 2: All young Australians become confident and creative individuals, successful lifelong learners, and active and informed members of the community

Reflecting the changing nature of education, the economy and work, the refreshed goals aim to articulate the knowledge and skills required for the 21st century, the importance of learning throughout life from early childhood onwards, and the need for effective transitions between all stages of learning.

The Alice Springs (Mparntwe) Education Declaration is available here.