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Philanthropic first for Victorian education

Making the first long-term investment by a philanthropic organisation in a single Victorian government school, the Colman Foundation is donating $1.8 million towards the construction of a new Prep to Year 9 School in Doveton.

The Colman Foundation, initially established to assist in the education of significantly disadvantaged children, wanted to contribute on a large scale and so approached the State Government in order to identify a key area of need in Victoria.

The charity’s founder Julius Colman said Doveton had a vibrant mix of migrant, refugee, indigenous and local kids who were significantly disadvantaged, meeting the foundation’s criteria for assistance.

“We feel strongly that the key to the future of these kids, as part of our Australian community, is education – education from the youngest possible age,” Mr Colman said.

“We aspire to create a range of early childhood services, catering for the social and educational development of these kids, all under the one roof and trying to ensure there is continuity of learning from birth right through to senior school.

“We can’t think of a better investment in the future of this wonderful country.”

“This historic partnership with the Colman Foundation signals an exciting time ahead for the Doveton community, who can look forward to a brand new Prep to Year 9 school and a range of early childhood services in the one location,” Education Minister Bronwyn Pike said.

The Colman Foundation assists children from low income families and will also contribute $500,000 annually for the provision of early childhood services on the site.

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