Show Me The Way Blog

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Dialogue is vital

Story courtesy the Koori Mail

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Student is learning in Rome

Story courtesy the Koori Mail

ABORIGINAL student Nathan Pitt is studying in Rome after winning the inaugural Frances Xavier Conaci scholarship.

A second-year Bachelor of Psychological Science studen, Mr Pitt is studying at the Australian Catholic University (ACU) Rome Centre as part of his International Core Curriculum studies.

A Yiman (Queensland) man, Mr Pitt plans to pursue a career providing mental health support to remote communities. His particular interest is examining criminal or forensic psychology in order to work with incarcerated Indigenous people.

The Francis Xavier Conaci Scholarship recognises the life of an Indigenous seminarian and enables an Indigenous student to study at the Rome Centre.

It commemorates the story of Francis Xavier Conaci, an Aboriginal boy who in the mid-1850s was sent from New Norcia, Western Australia, to Rome to study in a Benedictine monastery.

Sadly, he died while in Rome and was buried in an unmarked grave with other Benedictine community members.

ACU and the Australian Embassy to the Holy See (Vatican) hosted a ceremony during NAIDOC Week to acknowledge the scholarship.

Mr Pitt is involved with ACU’s Weemala Indigenous Higher Education Unit and also mentors Indigenous students at a Brisbane high school.

“As a psychology student, I realise the importance of being able to work with people of all different cultures and there is no way to truly understand a culture so different to your own, unless you have lived it,” he said.

“This opportunity means that I can gain a greater understanding of the thoughts and views that supersede culture, and as such I can learn and grow as a person in ways that I couldn’t possibly do otherwise.”  ..

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Heros star in short films

Story courtesy the Koori Mail ..

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Big year at Batchelor

Story courtesy the Koori Mail

THE achievements of students from the Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education were celebrated at the organisation’s largest graduation ceremony, held on June 15.

A total of 313 individual graduates received 350 awards at the Batchelor Campus, south of Darwin. Graduates came from 79 communities across four states and territories, with most students coming from the Northern Territory and many from remote communities.

Certificates presented ranged from VET Certificate I through to doctorates.

This year’s graduating group, the majority of which identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, is amongst the largest the Batchelor Institute has had in its 40-plus-year history of providing Indigenous education in the NT.

Batchelor also celebrated a record number of completions for 2016, with 1000 students finishing their qualifications.

In a graduation ceremony highlight, Jennifer Rita Fraser was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy in Indigenous Knowledges, and gave a heartfelt address to the audience.

Each year, special awards are sponsored in recognition of students’ outstanding achievements in their fields of study.

The Department of Trade, Business and Innovation VET Award went to Karen Rogers, from Ngukurr (NT).

The Koori Mail Award, presented by general manager Naomi Moran, went to Daniel Wilson from Sawtell (NSW), recognising his outstanding achievements as a student enrolled in broadcasting or media studies.

The Harry Wilson Memorial Award went to Rita Oui, from Kuranda (Qld). This award is sponsored by the Top End Aboriginal Bush Broadcasting Association (TEABBA) in recognition of an outstanding student in the Certificate III Media course.

Valerie Wunungmurra, from Nhulunbuy (NT), won the NBC Consultants Award, which is sponsored by NBC Consultants in recognition of the most outstanding student that has completed a Certificate in Business.
Naomi Rosas receiving her Certificate IV from Batchelor Institute Council Chairperson Professor Mark Rose


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

At 86 he is a master

Story courtesy the Koori Mail

Growing up in Queensland, Uncle Edward (Dennis) Seymour used to sit with two other Aboriginal boys and play ‘dots’ at school.

His teachers believed that he couldn’t be educated because of his Aboriginal heritage.

Six years ago Mr Seymour set out to prove them wrong, and now, at the age of 86, he has graduated with a Masters in Visual Arts from Federation University in Victoria.

“I’d been painting for about 50 years but when people asked me where I’d learnt, I’d say I taught myself and I lost a bit of confidence,” the Nurragga man told the Koori Mail.

“Now I’ve got the degree I feel like I can teach others. That was the reason I did it; I’ve been helping people for years, and now I feel I’m qualified for it.”

Mr Seymour said attending TAFE and then continuing on to do his master’s at Federation University was a “great experience”.

“There was me and another Aboriginal man doing the course. There were a couple of women too, and I made some great friends,” he said.
“We had plenty of help in the course, with mentors and support.”

Mr Seymour said he hopes his story will inspire others to rise above the racism they have faced in their lives.

“If you’re told you’re stupid for many years that challenges you,” he said.

“But challenges can be overcome. Aboriginal people are intelligent and we deserve an education.”


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