Kids encouraged to speak up this Education Week

Education Week is celebrating students this year, with the theme 'Every Student, Every Voice'.

This year is the 65th Education Week. Education Week celebrates the achievements of public schools' staff, students and communities.

Kiama MP Gareth Ward said this year's theme will encourage students to feel informed, empowered and supported in their ambitions and opinions.

"It is so important for children in our region to feel as though they can speak up about what they're passionate about; we want them to become informed and engaged global citizens," he said.

"Reminding students that they have a voice, are valued and are cared for will give them a sense of purpose that will prepare them to be engaged citizens in a dynamic society."

Among the events planned for Education Week are open days, special assemblies, performances and principals swapping schools.

The NSW Government is rolling out a number of initiatives, including a $120 million program to ensure parents in NSW have access to Before and After School Care for their child and a new High Potential and Gifted program to identify students who will benefit from being challenged in areas where they show talent.