Every component of the Bawoorrooga Self-Build Housing project is an education and training opportunity. Literacy and numeracy is interwoven with practical and vocational skills tasks. Participants develops skills including building, safety, maintenance, horticulture, and community governance/administration, and critical life-skills of teamwork and daily routine.
FISH and Fitzroy Valley District High School have established a credit-recognition arrangement whereby students’ participation in the Bawoorrooga project is credited towards their formal education. Speaking of a participating student, the Senior School Advisor remarked:
“he has become more mature, sensible and now he likes learning… That he is learning in a real sense about measurement, angles, and about tools, he’s learning to work with people, he’s learning to work in a responsible and safe way, and above all, he’s contributing to the benefit of his community.”