Education and skills open the door to a good life in Australia. But a sizeable gap persists in school participation and attainment between Indigenous and non-Indigenous students. What strategies will spread opportunity and improve outcomes?
In a compelling address, delivered as the 2018 Sambell Oration, Chris Sarra argues low expectations and deficit thinking have for too long framed Indigenous education. Drawing on personal and professional experience, he outlines a philosophy to deliver a stronger, smarter future for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. And his approach might help unlock the potential of other Australian children.
Named after former Brotherhood of St Laurence executive director, Geoffrey Sambell, the Sambell Oration has been delivered since 1981 on issues of social justice.