Professor Peter Buckskin, MATSITI Director, has been announced as a finalist in the 2016 South Australian of the Year Awards. He has also been honoured with an award from the Australian Council of Deans of Education (ACDE) for outstanding service to education.
The ACDE is a significant supporter of the MATSITI project. At the ACDE AGM in Sydney this week, MATSITI Associate Dr Kaye Price accepted the award and delivered Professor Buckskin’s speech on his behalf:
I know we share a deep passion for the profession and the firm belief a more culturally diverse and responsive teaching workforce has the capacity to deliver an education that will not leave any learner behind.
And in conclusion I want to conclude with our ‘big ask’ when launching this work in 2012. “That we embark on this journey committed to transformative change informed by our individual and collective experiences with open hearts and open minds.”
I believe MATSITI’s collaborative work with the ACDE has done just that. We have made a major impact in the way we will attract, retain and graduate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples into the education profession.
And it is Peter’s deep passion for the education profession that is behind his nomination for South Australian of the Year.
The Australian of the Year Awards celebrate the achievement and contribution of eminent Australian citizens.
From the Australian of the Year website:
A proud Narungga man from the Yorke Peninsula in South Australia, Professor Peter Buckskin is an educator and public sector professional with a passion for reform. As a schoolteacher, a ministerial adviser, superintendent of schools and a senior executive in both the state and federal public service, Peter has encouraged and enabled Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and teachers to celebrate, understand and teach Australia’s unique cultural history.