Education State To Get More Kids Physically Active

The Education State is underway with the Andrews Labor Government setting ambitious targets to get more kids physically active.

With AFL finals fever starting to grip the state, Education Minister James Merlino and State Member for Northcote Fiona Richardson today joined AFL champion and Schools Sport Victoria Ambassador Daisy Pearce to talk footy and the importance of being physically active with students at Northcote High School.

Ms Pearce, who last week captained the Darebin Falcons to their third consecutive Victorian Women’s Football League grand final victory, was the first number one women’s AFL draft pick and has inspired a generation of girls and young women to pursue their footballing dreams.

As part of the $747 million Education State for schools package announced on Monday, the Labor Government has set 10 new ambitions targets to drive improved student outcomes across Victorian schools over the next decade.

By 2025, the Government wants to achieve a 20 per cent increase in the proportion of kids doing physical activity five times a week.

This is part of the Education State plan to better prepare our kids for work and life. The jobs of the future are in ideas and knowledge. Victoria has always relied on people and minds to create jobs. But our kids will need to be smarter, more creative and well-rounded than ever before.

We also want to see more students reaching the highest levels of reading, maths and science. But we also want our schools to give students the skills they need for work and life: confidence and the capacity for critical and creative thinking.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino

“We’re making Victoria the Education State. Schools will get extra funds next year, billions will build buildings and improve young lives, and our curriculum will be amongst the most comprehensive in the world.”

“Sport enhances student engagement and alertness in the classroom and spending more time being active will help kids establish healthy habits for the rest of their lives.”

“Daisy’s an inspiring role model and our targets to get more kids physically five times a week will support the next generation of athletes to pursue their dreams.”

Quotes attributable to Schools Sport Victoria Ambassador Daisy Pearce
“As School Sport Victoria Ambassador, I think it is great that we’re setting clear goal to get more kids get physically active five times per week.”

“I strongly encourage more girls and young women to take the opportunity to try team sports like AFL – it’s a great way to have fun, meet friends and keep fit.”

Quote attributable to Minister for Women Member for Northcote Fiona Richardson

“It is crucial to promote exercise and healthy living and the new target will help encourage kids across Victoria to get active, including children and families in my community.”

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