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A good education is a great foundation for a strong future. Not only understanding who you are, but also understanding the world around you.
From: Jacinta Price
What kind of future did you imagine for yourself when you were young?
I always thought that I would become a policewoman or a lawyer. I grew up in Alice Springs and saw the destructive effect of alcohol on my family. I thought, ‘When I grow up, I want to be able to do something about this’. In my mind, being a policewoman or a lawyer was how I thought I could make a difference.
What kind of future do you imagine for yourself now?
From the age of 15, I certainly knew I wasn’t going to be a policewoman. I was heavily involved in my music and I could see how that was making an impact. No matter what I did, I knew I wanted to benefit my mob in some way. The same goes for now. When I look to the future, in some ways there is a pull with my music, and also a political kind of pull. I feel that if you can get into a position where you can have a voice for those who are voiceless, that can really make an impact. At this stage of my life, music is that voice for me.
Who is your role model and why?
My role model is my mother. She was born out bush, near Yuendumu, grew up in the bush and spoke English as a second language – Warlpiri was her first – but she went on to obtain a university degree. Despite the many challenges she faced, including domestic violence and the loss of a son, she has now been elected to the NT Government as a politician. I’m extremely proud of her. She amazes me on a daily basis.
What do you think makes a strong future?
I think a good education is a great foundation for a strong future. Not only understanding who you are, but also understanding the world around you. We live in such a global village these days, it’s important to understand our fellow human beings, because we are all just human beings. I also think good health is critical. You can’t have a good education if you’re not a healthy person, and health is extremely important to be able to have a strong future.
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