Education Mothering Mentoring
Our Program is designed to provide support
and understanding for pregnant girls and young mums
in a safe, non-judgemental environment
The focus of the STEMM curriculum is the learner-mother.
It is recognized that each young mother that enrols
in the program brings a unique approach to learning
and that they come from diverse backgrounds. All activity
of the new curriculum will be to ensure that the learning
needs of each individual mother are met to the best
ability of the program.
For young and inexperienced mothers, health and childcare
become essential understandings so the tension of day
to day activity has reduced stress. But, literacy and
numeracy remain the main goal of education. The approach
taken to reach this goal will be an integrated subject
approach to learning tasks. These tasks will reflect
the environment, both physical and social, that surrounds
the young mothers and involve them in a deeper understanding
of the community within which they live. The overall
focus will be on wellness as illustrated through a happy
mother and child.
Many daily activities will be based upon skills that
the young mothers will need in their daily life – cooking,
money management, health and physical education, sewing,
interaction with government agencies. Others can be
to develop recreational skills such as painting, crafts,
woodworking, and pottery. Each of these activities are
planned to develop the young person’s self worth and
recognition that they can do things.
It is possible to describe the focus of STEMM as the
recovery of a young girl’s self worth. Empowering the
young ladies to recognise that they can make choices
and become independent and responsible citizens is a
challenging task, but it can only be achieved with the
determination of the individual that they can do it.
This requires a feeling of value and a trust of others
that they have not been given false hope. Each girl
must make the transition for herself and the program
is designed to be both supportive and welcoming in its
recognition of individual difference.
The school program will continue to be influenced by
the guidance of Education Queensland, teachers and the
resources of the wider community surrounding the school.
Many components of this curriculum approach allow a
wider interaction between members of the community of
the school. Each opportunity will be taken to ensure
that the young mothers and the educators of the school
feel an integrated team in the learning development
of the girls in STEMM.
One of our girls has written a short account of how
she became involved in the STEMM program. Her account
can be read here.
The program now has its own
website which explains the program in more detail.
|Kelsie Rimmer, a contestant from The Voice recently helped the STEMM girls compose a song which will be performed at the Christmas in July function