"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." - Nelson Mandela
In 2014 Australia was ranked fifteenth overall in the Pearson index, dropping from our previous position at thirteenth in 2013, reflecting the need for education policy reform to keep up with the fast-changing global skills market.
Our most precious commodity here in Western Australia is our children and we have a responsibility to deliver a world-class education to every single child in the state.
The Greens believe that education is a public good and therefore the government has a vital role in ensuring that the learning outcomes from our schools, TAFEs and universities are not a reflection of wealth or location.
We need to incentivise and support our teachers, so that students can learn from the brightest, not only in Perth, but in our regional towns and communities.
We also have to commit funding to provide flexible learning programs for those student who struggle on their own in the classroom.
It is important to foster a culture that values education, so that our communities continue to prioritise learning, even after students have left school.
This will ensure that professionals of all ages educated in Western Australia are appealing to employers, both here in Australia, and overseas.
Our curriculum, as well, must be a reflection of our cultural diversity, including the history, culture and contemporary experience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Finally, we must work towards sustainable schooling by reducing consumption and waste, promoting energy efficiency, implementing renewable energy sources and educating our children on social and environmental responsibility.