The Minister for School Education, Early Childhood and Youth, Hon Peter Garrett MP today announced details of new project researching the best ways to increase the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teachers in Australian schools.
The More Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Teachers project, worth a total of $7.5 million and announced as part of NAIDOC Week, will help schools, teachers and students across the entire country. The research will be led by the David Unaipon College of Indigenous Education at the University of South Australia
“It’s vital that we find new, practical ways to encourage more Aboriginal people to pursue a career in teaching. Not only will this help provide positive role models for young Indigenous students, but it will also help non-Indigenous students learn about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, history and culture.” Mr Garrett said
UniSA research leader, Professor Peter Buckskin, said the University of South Australia has a proud history of engagement and support for Indigenous culture and education.
“It comes at a great time. With the implementation of a more culturally inclusive national curriculum and national standards for cultural inclusivity in teaching, there will be more opportunities for Indigenous teachers to bring their cultural knowledge to the classroom and take on leadership roles in the profession.”