Two “very big role models” inspired Alec Warner to move from singing and acting into studying for a Bachelor of Primary Education degree at the University of Queensland.
Mr Warnerʼs mother, who is a teacher, and his grandmother who supported Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education, both made a difference.
I wanted to make a difference as well, he says.
However, Mr Warner, a Kuku Yalanji man from Mossman, didnʼt foresee how the university experience
would dramatically change his sense of self. As part of his teacher education, Mr Warner joined the ʻBeing, Becoming and Belongingʼ Indigenous mentoring program.
My sense of identity as an Indigenous person has grown enormously because the staff took pride in the fact that I was Indigenous to complete the mentoring program in the first place.
Mr Warner thinks mentoring is the closest thing in Western education to the way in which students and children grow up in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
Story courtesy Koori Mail – read 2015 Koori-Mail-Education-Feature.
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