Bojames, teacher, Scarborough Public School, NSW
Bojames, teacher, Scarborough Public School, NSW

THE NSW Department of Education and Communities (DEC) is committed to improving the education and employment opportunities for Aboriginal people and their communities.

The department recognises the importance and value of employing Aboriginal teachers and leaders in schools and the impact these teachers can have on their students, parents and communities.

More than 1000 Indigenous teachers have now been appointed to NSW public schools, including over 100 in leadership roles.

Aboriginal teachers bring valuable insights to teaching, giving a unique opportunity to make a difference to school students –  to share their skills, knowledge and experience of Aboriginal cultures to help improve the education of all students.

Each year, the department offers up to 80  scholarships specifically for Aboriginal Higher School Certificate (HSC) and university students and community members intending to enrol in university to train as either primary or secondary school teachers.

Sonia, teacher at Panania Public School, VSWSonia,
teacher at Panania Public School, NSW
Kirli, teacher at Fairymeadow Public School, NSWKirli,
teacher at Fairymeadow Public School, NSW

More than 280 Aboriginal teachers currently appointed to NSW public schools were awarded a teacher education scholarship, and more than 260 are currently studying.

Story courtesy NSW DEC and Koori Mail.

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