The National Catholic Education Commission (NCEC) and the University of South Australia’s More Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Teachers Initiative (MATSITI) have jointly launched a $500,000 Indigenous education program.
The program, launched yesterday, will help fund innovative systemic programs across Australia, helping to take on and mentor more Indigenous teachers and support Indigenous students on a pathway to the teaching profession.
The national program, led by Catholic Education SA, will focus on improving the professional capacity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teachers in Catholic schools, to continue building on their success as positive role models for more than 18,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in Catholic schools.
Director of Catholic Education South Australia, Dr Paul Sharkey, said the program reflects the inclusive nature of Catholic education, which strives to support, educate and serve the
communities in which we operate.
'We strongly believe that improved literacy and numeracy are at the foundation of successful education for Indigenous and non-Indigenous students alike, together with a strong focus on strengthening the students’ identity, confidence and resilience.
'Catholic education shares the Government’s aspirations for Indigenous education, and has made it a clear priority to provide Indigenous students with excellent teachers – fostering
positive role models and inspiring them to new heights.'
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