Show Me The Way Blog

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Fruitful year for USQ Trainees

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Community teaches the goal of a program

Story courtesy the Koori Mail

 A GROUP of Charles Darwin University students from Indigenous communities across the Northern Territory has visited Darwin as part of a program aimed at increasing the number of Indigenous teachers in community schools.

The Bachelor of Education (Primary) students are taking part in an accredited and nationally recognised teacher education program at CDU through the Growing Our Own (GOO) program in partnership with the Catholic Education Office.

During the visit, the 17 students from Bathurst Island, Daly River, Katherine, Santa Teresa and Wadeye undertook an intensive unit and visited urban schools.

Tiwi student Tammy Kerinaiwa, who is in her second year of study, said she wanted to formalise her qualifications as a teacher after being inspired by her aunt and grandfather.

“Growing up with my aunty who was a Tiwi principal, I had always wanted to become a teacher,” she said.

“When I become a qualified teacher I will be able to pass my knowledge on and also encourage the next generation of teachers in our community.”

CDU GOO coordinator Ben Van Gelderen said the program was customised to meet the needs of the students, and their communities and schools.

“The program is set up around the idea of two-way learning and knowledge exchange,” he said.

Ms Kerinaiwa said that having local people teach in communities provided an opportunity for Indigenous knowledge to be incorporated into the curriculum.

Now in its eighth year, the Federal Government-funded program has had 21 graduates, who have taken up teaching positions at remote Indigenous schools.
During the program each student’s work is checked against that of other students in the course and on completion they can apply for membership of the Northern Territory Teachers Registration Board.

Tiwi student Tammy Kerinaiwa and CDU Growing Our Own coordinator Ben Van Gelderen with staff and students.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Women find common ground at Uni of Southern Qld

Story courtesy the Koori Mail

THE history and cultures of Chicana and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women recently found common ground at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) Toowoomba.

A program, ‘Indigenous Women and Creative Traditions: Transforming Lives through Radical Practice’, connected Chicana (women of Mexican-American heritage) and Indigenous Australian artists and scholars through an art exhibition, panel and a series of lectures.

Professor Lara Medina and Professor Yreina D Cervantez, from California State University travelled from Los Angeles for the USQ-sponsored event.

Together, they shared insights into Chicana culture and identity with presentations such as ‘The Medicine of Historical Memory: The Chicana/o Experience’; ‘Lightning in the Blood: Reclaiming Identity and Xicana Power’; and ‘Indigenous Art of Death: Ceremony, Ritual Healing and Reclamation’.

Prof Medina and Prof Cervantes also joined local Aboriginal artists to create the Days of the Dead: Living, Recalling Spirit and Ancestors  exhibition, drawing on traditions and practices for recalling the work of ancestors and spiritualties.

Curated by USQ’s Alma Cervantes and Megan Darr, the exhibition also featured Robyn Heckenberg, Kim Walmsley, Chris Kelly and Martha Martinez.
USQ’s collaboration with California State University will continue with Dr Kathryn Gilbey undertaking a 2016 Fulbright scholarship there later this year.
At USQ: from left, Robyn Heckenberg, Dr Kathryn Gilbey, Chris Kelly. Martha Martinez, Megan Cooper, Alma Cervantes, Elder Uncle Darby McCarthy, Professor Lara Medina, Professor Yreina D Cervantes and Megan Darr.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Students attend Ipswich event

Story courtesy the Koori Mail

MORE than 150 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from 31 schools have spent a week at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) for the Ipswich Education, Youth and Sport Program (IEYSP). The event, held at USQ Ipswich, was an opportunity for school students aged 10-17 to gain an insight into tertiary education and give them more
experience in culture, health and sport through activities and mentorship. Kambu Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation for Health coordinated the program, supported by USQ, the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health and the Queensland Department of Education and Training. USQ vice-chancellor Professor Jan Thomas said IEYSP was designed to excite and inspire students to consider university as an option after high school.

“USQ is proud to be associated with this program as it helps break down some of the barriers to university life and opens the students’ eyes to study opportunities and career choices they may not have considered,” she said.

Highlights of the program included traditional dance, games and cultural workshops, academic information sessions, skills clinics and a career and education expo. For Redbank Plains State High School Year 12 student Henry Ara, the program was a chance to discover what his future could hold.

“For me this was a really helpful event because one day I would like to run my own business,” he said.

“Being on campus and speaking to the mentors and current USQ students about my career goals made me realise there is a world of possibilities out there.” Kambu Health chief executive Stella Taylor-Johnson said she could see great potential in the students.

“It was a very successful week and there was a real buzz around the campus,” she said

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

RMIT Scholarships aimed at entrepreneurs

Story courtesy the Koori Mail

RMIT University is offering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander entrepreneurs the chance to start their own business through a new scholarship. The Indigenous Business Creation Scholarship will provide students with free training in the nationally accredited Certificate IV in Small Business Management course at RMIT.

RMIT says it is for Indigenous entrepreneurs who are ready to start their own business, and offers the chance to gain training, mentoring, business advice and support as well as a living allowance while participating in the program. While completing the six-month program, participants will also be encouraged to apply for seed funding from the university’s New Enterprise Investment Fund or other funding, to help them find the capital to start up their business.

School of Vocational Business Education head Graham Airey said the scholarship was part of RMIT’s “rich transformative experience for students”.

“The university recently launched its Reconciliation Action Plan committing to improving the levels of access, participation and outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and these scholarships are part of this ongoing commitment,” he said.

Stacey Campton, senior manager of RMIT’s Ngarara Willim Centre for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, said the university had a long history of engaging with Indigenous Australian perspectives.

“RMIT University set up the Koorie Education Unit in 1992, the Indigenous Access Scheme in 2006, and developed the Indigenous specialisation for all undergraduate students in 2009,” she said.

“The Indigenous Business Creation Scholarship has been created in close cooperation with the Ngarara Willim
Centre, so that the students can receive customised support.”

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