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A while ago I was researching on the internet for online learning programs for disengaged youth and stumbled upon NotSchool.net in the UK. I was very impressed with the work they were doing and their results.
In a nutshell they provide a computer to a young person who is not able to go to school for some reason (health, emotional difficulties etc). The computer is linked to a mentor who works online with the ‘researcher’ (name given to young person) to re-engage them back into learning.
There are moves afoot for a similar program to made available in Australia through the work of education.au
I am hoping that I may be able to be involved in some way as I think that the program is compatible with the work we are doing at GOTAFE with disengaged youth.