Wheatbelt Education Hub was started by an educator, Velu Ramasamy, and his wife, a pharmacist in 2016. As parents in the Wheatbelt, they saw the importance of providing opportunities for children who otherwise don’t get, apart from school, many opportunities due to geographical isolation, lack of access and support. The hub is focusing on the provision of enrichment and extension programs.
Velu completed his Doctorate in Education program with the University of WA in the area of rural education and opportunities. Velu has worked locally and overseas with children from different abilities and school contexts. He currently works as a teacher in the gifted and talented program (PEAC) with a particular focus in Science and S.T.E.M. He also held a key role as the Wheatbelt’s Science Consultant for several years providing advice, ideas and support to schools around the region in the areas of Science and STEM. He was the coordinator of the Wheatbelt Science Forum in the Inland Lighthouse Network, which is acknowledged by many as a premier Science and STEM event in the Wheatbelt. He was also part of the founding committee for the Wheatbelt Science Hub that created the Wheatbelt’s geocaching trail across the region. Velu linked with Football West and started the Northam Springfield Football Club in 2011, and along with a team of dedicated volunteers provided soccer for children in and around Northam. The Club plays an important role in providing sporting opportunities for boys and girls. He was also actively involved in various roles with the Rotary Club of Northam and served as their President in 2014-15. Through the support of the Rotary Club of Freshwater Bay, Rotary Club of Northam, former Chief Scientist and 2015 West Australian of the Year, Prof Lyn Beazley, and many Rotary clubs, Velu was instrumental in giving Rotary microscopes to about 50 schools in the Wheatbelt. For his work in education and community, Velu was a finalist in the WA’s Pride of Australia awards in 2015 and has won other acknowledgements and awards throughout his teaching career. He was awarded the Paul Harris Fellow in 2017 by Rotary for his work in education and community. Velu, along with his team, is passionate about the provision of quality education and opportunities to children living in the country.