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As the end of 2015 approaches I’d like to thank you for your kind support and share with you my reflections on what has been an incredible year for Dusseldorp Forum and its amazing partners.
 
This year we celebrated our 25th anniversary, partnering with the Sydney Theatre Company, to showcase young people thriving thanks to creative initiatives and educators. We also released three compelling and timely research reports, Creative Learning – a necessity not an option, Creative Learning in Schools - what it is and why it matters and The Case for Inclusive Learning Systems which show how education systems can provide and maximise opportunities for all young people.
 
In 2015 our partners have continued to have great impact not only with the young people to whom they are dedicated but also with the communities where they work. I’d like to congratulate Alistair Ferguson from Just Reinvest NSW who was awarded the 2015 Aboriginal Justice Award and Catherine Keenan from Sydney Story Factory who has been crowned the NSW Local Hero 2016. 
 
I’d also like to thank our dedicated team, our Board who generously give their time and expertise, our inspiring partners, our generous collaborators and most importantly the young people whose energy and aspirations keep us motivated everyday.
 
I hope you will take the time to look over some of the many highlights from our year below. We have very exciting plans for 2016 and beyond so watch this space!
 
Wishing you a safe and happy festive season.

Teya Dusseldorp, Executive Director

Celebrating 25 Years

To celebrate our 25-year-history of working to improve opportunities for young people throughout Australia we launched the Creative Collective with a gala performance and a showcase of some of NSW’s most innovative creative learning initiatives.

The Case for Inclusive Learning Systems

The Case for Inclusive Learning Systems is a report that aims to move the national conversation from what isn’t working in education to what is. Importantly it provides a framework and design principles that can be used to build flexible and inclusive learning systems that will increase engagement and outcomes for all young Australians.
Feature Video
In support of The Case for Inclusive Learning Systems, students describe their experiences with flexible and inclusive learning environments and why they work for them. Click on the image to play.

Just Reinvest NSW

In 2015 partner Just Reinvest launched two circuit breaker programs in Bourke, the trial of a warrant clinic and a driver licence program. They’ve also produced an extremely powerful and informative piece of research currently informing community decision making on next steps to improve outcomes for the young people of Bourke. 

Big Picture Education Australia

Big Picture are transforming learning and schools through their highly personalised approach, combining academic work with real-world learning. Dusseldorp has partnered with Big Picture to enable them to work with six universities to give their students an alternative pathway to higher education.

Documentary Australia Foundation

We are excited to announce our partnership with Documentary Australia Foundation. Our Youth and Education Program uses documentary making as a central tool for young people to develop and share stories about what matters to them in education. To support our campaign read more.  
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