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Country Education Foundation

Removing barriers to education for rural youth.

It costs rural students substantially more than their metropolitan counterparts to pursue tertiary education. Often, the enormity of these costs prevents rural students from achieving their educational goals.

The Country Education Foundation (CEFA) helps rural and regional youth across Australia pursue their post-high-school education, training and vocation goals. By distributing funds to local community foundations, CEFA provides students with much needed financial assistance, support and encouragement to overcome some of the extra obstacles faced by students in the country, including travel and living away from home expenses.

"The CEFA model of operation delivers for the individual and the community and that's why we support them. They do a fantastic job; the facts speak for themselves. 90 per cent of people successfully complete their courses."

Since 2011 our Foundation has gifted more than $650,000 to help rural students access further education.

"Since our partnership began, we have seen the direct impact of the Origin Foundation's support of young people in our local education foundation communities right around Australia," explained CEFA Chairman, Nick Burton Taylor.

"Our relationship with the Origin Foundation is very special given the synergies shared by our organisations. We have the same aspiration to assist rural youth in achieving their post high school education goals and increase their life opportunities.”

Head of the Origin Foundation, Sean Barrett says it has been rewarding to see the positive impacts of the CEFA program on students.

"I was impressed by one young person who said he could not afford to fail because he would be letting down his parents and his community."

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