Kate Axten from Alice Springs, has won the Northern Territory Young Indigenous Educator of the Year Award, as well as being named 2016 NT Young Achiever of the Year.

Head and shoulders photo of Kate Axten
Alice Springs-based teacher and award-winner Kate Axten

Ms Axten has been a teacher for just three years and said she’s got a lot more to learn herself.

“I want to develop my skills and my knowledge of education and be an active part of change in Indigenous education because these kids who are ‘behind’ by national benchmarks just have a knowledge that is not recognised,” she said.

“I see it when I take the kids on camps; there are some kids who can tell you what plants to eat if you’re feeling sick or who can tell you where to dig for water.”

“This knowledge needs to be recognised and developed.”

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