Building Connections: Schools as Community Hubs 

A new research project which aims to support school systems and planning authorities to rethink how schools engage with local communities has been funded by the Australian Government through the ARC Linkage Projects scheme, with funding of $629,331 awarded to a team led by Dr Benjamin Cleveland at The University of Melbourne.

Adopting a unique cross-disciplinary approach, the project is investigating how to best plan, design, govern and manage facilities and infrastructure to enable schools to operate successfully as ‘more than a school’, encouraging the development of resilient and connected communities. 

Working with a number of partner organisations in education, local and state government, who are providing additional cash and in-kind support, the project’s outcomes are expected to provide a robust and coherent development framework for maximising schools as hubs to meet the emerging needs of Australian communities.

Image: researchers are rethinking how schools engage with local communities.
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Original Published Date: 
Thursday, June 14, 2018