26 September 2023

ATSI education takes stage to the world

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The Department of Education’s work to engage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) students held centre stage at a prestigious global education conference last month.

Executive Director of Aboriginal Outcomes and Partnerships (AOP) at the Department, Karen Jones said the World Indigenous Peoples’ Conference on Education (WIPCE) saw presentations from the Department’s Aboriginal Outcomes and Partnerships, Connected Communities, and Communications and Engagement directorates, and the NSW Aboriginal Education Consultative Group (NSW AECG).

Ms Jones said an estimated 2,300 delegates from more than 90 countries attended the five-day conference, held in Tarndanya (Adelaide).

“The team was extremely proud to have three papers accepted for presentation at the largest and most diverse Indigenous education forum in the world,” Ms Jones said.

“Being selected to present three papers at such a high-profile event speaks to the impact of the work we are undertaking in NSW and the strength of our approach that places engagement and consultation at the centre of everything we do with our First Nations communities and the NSW Aboriginal Education Consultative Group Inc,” she said.

“AOP delivered papers on the Aboriginal Language and Culture Nests, the impact of the NSW Aboriginal Education Consultative Group Incorporation and DoE Partnership Agreement and the My Future, My Culture, My Way campaign.”

Ms Jones co-presented with NSW AECG President, Catherine Trindall on the renewed Partnership Agreement Walking Together, Working Together 2020-2030.

She said they showcased the Agreement’s state-wide community engagement processes, genuine partnership initiatives and decision making and its impact in delivering successful outcomes for Aboriginal learners and families across NSW.

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