The Australian Ballet, The Gould League, CSIRO Education, CERES Environmental Park, Museum Victoria and Bell Shakespeare are among not-for-profit bodies that will receive state government funding to provide Victorian students with engaging educational experiences beyond the classroom.
Education Minister Martin Dixon today announced the more than 90 organisations that will receive the next round of three-year Strategic Partnerships Program grants.
Mr Dixon said the next round of three year grants worth a total of $14.8 million would enable schools to provide students with rich and diverse learning experiences they otherwise wouldn't have or couldn't afford, particularly targeting students from low socio-economic circumstances. This includes grants to teacher professional learning associations.
"When students visit or are visited by organisations such as Sovereign Hill, Horsham Art Gallery, Phillip Island Nature Park, the CSIRO and Regional Arts Victoria they come away with fabulous experiences and extra knowledge adding context and relevance that a textbook or classroom project can't always provide," Mr Dixon said.
"How much more exciting can it be to enter the world of insects at Scienceworks rather than just learning about them in books, or to participate in a ballet workshop with dance professionals or see first-hand a painting by Tom Roberts interpreted with the passion of an inspired gallery educator.
"The Victorian Coalition Government is proud to continue this partnerships program to ensure young Victorians have access to rich, comprehensive and broad experiences that make learning more real."
Nineteen of the 92 organisations in the latest three-year round of grants are receiving a grant for the first time.
The successful applicants were selected from a field of 125.
Attached: Organisations receiving a three-year grant (2012-14)