Currawah receives approval to reopen

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Brewarrina, New South Wales 

Students will once again bring life to the empty buildings and grounds of Currawah Aboriginal Education Centre as from next year. 

We ask for your prayers as we begin this challenging mission work in an area that is largely unchurched and is challenged with high unemployment and low engagement.

Since the closure of Currawah Adventist Aboriginal College in 2013, Steve Piez, from the Australian Union Conference (AUC), assisted by staff from the North New South Wales Conference, Greater Sydney Conference (GSC) and a number of Aboriginal elders have been working behind the scenes to secure a future for the many marginalised and “at risk” Aboriginal children in the Orana region.

Although there were no guarantees the school would reopen, an army of volunteers worked to help Currawah meet the requirements of the local council and the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES). 

The NNSW and GSC Education Departments contributed financially and as advisories while the NNSW Conference executive approved the payment of rates, insurance and land leases until the school was operational. 

“We ask for your prayers as we begin this challenging mission work in an area that is largely unchurched and is challenged with high unemployment and low engagement,” said Currawah principal Peter Eddy.

Currawah is supported by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Ministries but is run by its own board of directors. It will commence years 7 and 8 in February 2017, adding year 9 in 2018 and year 10 in 2019.