Ardoch delivers education support programs to increase engagement in education, build aspirations and enhance learning outcomes for vulnerable children.
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Strategy 2025 sets out five strategic priorities for Ardoch to focus on as we work towards our vision.
Ardoch’s history – 30 years of impact.
Ardoch’s Annual and Financial Reports.
The team at Ardoch work tirelessly every day to drive our mission forward and support more children in disadvantaged communities.
The philanthropic, corporate and community partners who support our programs.
Ardoch delivers educational programs to children in disadvantaged communities. Our programs promote literacy and STEM learnings and enhance student aspirations by broadening their horizons.
Ardoch’s Literacy Support provides early intervention programs to improve the literacy and language skills of children in their crucial early and primary school years.
STEM Support provides a suite of programs to foster children’s STEM skills in fun, engaging and relevant ways.
Ardoch’s Broadening Horizons programs provide a range of unique and engaging learning and life experiences.
Ardoch uses an outcomes framework that is common to all of our programs to measure the impact of our work.
Ardoch School Costs Guide.
We measure our program outcomes using a range of methodologies and conduct internal and external evaluations to assess the impact of our programs.
Ardoch partners with schools that are identified as needing educational support.
Published external research and evaluation reports.
Volunteers are central to Ardoch’s work. We offer opportunities to volunteer individually or as part of a workplace.
Over the year Ardoch offers different events that our supporters can attend or sponsor.
Become a corporate partner and help improve the educational outcomes for children and young people in disadvantaged communities.
Leaving a gift to Ardoch in your Will is an especially thoughtful and valued form of support.
Ardoch relies on the generosity of its supporters to help every child realise their potential. We offer several different ways to fundraise for Ardoch.
If you become a regular donor, your monthly donation will provide important, ongoing funding that will help every child realise their potential.
Ardoch relies on the generosity of philanthropy, corporate partners and the community to deliver our programs.
If you have school-aged children, it is more likely you have heard of STEM education. But do you know what it is? For those who don’t know, STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
The skills a student learns from taking part in STEM subjects are considered a very important part of a child’s education and for good reason – technology is constantly changing, the demand for skills in these STEM areas is high, and the range of occupations related to STEM skills is continuously growing.
Even if your child doesn’t want to become a Computer Scientist or an Engineer when they finish school, a STEM education is still very relevant.
The skills a child can learn through STEM education, including digital literacy, critical analysis, problem-solving and creativity, can be highly useful in their everyday life, even away from the classroom. For example, elements of STEM education encourage children to be able to work collaboratively as part of a team. STEM programs in early education years may also help build a child’s confidence in relation to STEM subjects as they progress through school.
Whatever career a child decides to pursue in the future, the skills that a child can develop through STEM education are aimed at equipping children to solve real world problems, and may be highly valued by potential employees.
Gone are the days of being in a job from ‘hire until retire’. A child in school now is likely to go through numerous career changes during their working life. Therefore, the ability and drive to learn new things and be resilient when it comes to change has never been more important. After all, when you think about it, there are many people in jobs that did not exist even 10 to 20 years ago. With automation and other technologies constantly growing, job opportunities will continue to evolve to reflect this.
STEM education aims to prepare children for this fast-changing and technology-driven world and give them tools and skills to succeed in it.
Ardoch is proud that our Curious Young Minds Early Stem Literacy Program was announced as the winter in the ‘Improving Access and Participation in Early Learning’ in the Department of Education and Training’s Victorian Early Years Awards earlier this year. Go to Ardoch’s website to learn about our STEM programs.