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The population of school-aged Indigenous children in Western Sydney is growing at three times the rate of non-Indigenous children, according to a new analysis of census data. The number of Indigenous school-aged kids across the country grew by about 20,000 between 2011 and 2016, according to new analysis by Indigenous education group The Stronger Smarter Institute.

Chief executive of The Stronger Smarter Institute Darren Godwell said the analysis reveals Western Sydney is at the heart of a nationwide population boom in school-aged Indigenous children, with about 50,000 Indigenous children projected to attend school in the area this year.

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