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Being educated won't make you lose your identity. Study hard, be brave and be you!
What is your favourite memory from school?
In 2014 I was given the opportunity to give the Welcome to Country, a speech on what NAIDOC Day is, and then perform a traditional dance that incorporated contemporary dance for my whole school and our local MP along with many other special guests. Also I've been given opportunities to further my education, and my culture; for example, work experience within the Government.
Looking back, what would you tell your younger self about going to school?
After being strictly forced to study hard and taking on a large work load in a short period of time, sitting a test where teachers watch you like a hawk, having parents demand you don't fail and being told that if you don't get a good mark you will fail, an overall percentage will NOT determine your future. Be you, be proud, achieve for yourself. Being educated won't make you lose your identity. Study hard, be brave and be you!
What do you think is the most important thing we can teach future generations?
Culture; our culture is our education. We lack education of our culture and that is extremely sad. Give our kids a chance to promote a sense of pride in their identity, in their family and in themselves.
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