At AAFIE, our fundamental belief is all young people, regardless of postcode, have equal access to inclusive, positive future focused educational opportunities, specific to their needs.
We understand that a young person’s access to educational opportunities does not exist in isolation, in fact, education is a central part of the ecology of a young person’s life. This eco-system is unique and relies on the support of a broad range of providers to function successfully. For this reason, AAFIE recognises that all young people have the right to:
A home. Safe, affordable and suitable accommodation
Relationships that are safe and supportive
Health care that is tailored and specific to developmental need
Mental, physical and spiritual support services
To be treated fairly by all systems who are charged with responsibility to provide care – youth justice and child protection
AAFIEs activities focus on promoting the diverse work of professionals and young people who engage, work in and alongside the Flexible and Inclusive education settings across Australia. With the support of a knowledgeable, experienced and passionate membership, AAFIE will advocate, collaborate and influence education in Australia. Our aim is to provide agency, voice and identity for young people and professionals within the Flexible and Inclusive Australian educational landscape.
AAFIE understands that flexible and inclusive learning programs come in many shapes and forms, but they have in common a desire to change the way schooling is provided to better suit young people for whom traditional schooling approaches have not worked well.