Rebecca - teaching graduate
Rebecca at her recent graduation ceremony

Rebecca, a Torres Strait Islander, recently graduated with a teaching degree she was able to complete at home through the RATEP remote area education program.

Rebecaa graduated with a Bachelor of Education degree from James Cook University.

The RATEP program enables Indigenous peoploe to remain in their community while completed the degree at a RATEP site of the Thursday Island campus.

What I like about teaching is the positive feeling that, as an educator, you play a major role in educating students who are citizens of the future.

As I continued my studies and gained more experience and passion for teaching, I realised that is all I wanted to be, to challenge myself, have high expectations, make changes and mostly to improve and help be a part of closing the gap for Aboriginal and Torres Strait education.

RATEP, which has a study centre at Weipa and 16 other locations across Queensland, provided Rebecca with academic suport and access to the information technologies needed to complete her studies.

MATSITI has formed a partnership with RATEP in 2014-15 to extend the reach of the JCU off-site delivery model.

Story courtesy Koori Mail.

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