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Mentoring workshop for Indigenous educators hailed a success

A successful workshop for emerging leaders in Indigenous early childhood education was held in Cairns last week.

The two-day mentoring program sponsored by the Queensland Government was held at the Cairns Holiday Inn on July 31 and August 1.

The workshop was part of the Remote Indigenous Professional Development (RIPD) mentoring program being held throughout remote Queensland in 2012 and 2013 which is part of the government’s commitment in advancing opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait children to give them clear paths for education from early childhood until adulthood. The initiative is managed by the Queensland Department of Education, Training and Employment.

“The mentoring program follows on from a successful series of workshops which were designed to give remotely-located Indigenous educators a better understanding of the Early Years Learning Framework,” Minister for Education, Training and Employment John-Paul Langbroek said.

“The program is a good opportunity for upcoming Indigenous leaders in early childhood to learn from the experiences of current leaders in the sector.”

He added that the mentoring program enhances the professionalism and passion of these Indigenous educators and encourage them to be strong leaders and role models for their colleagues. The program also placed an emphasis on harnessing technology for professional networking.

“This initiative helps bring Queensland’s most remotely-located educators closer together by encouraging effective use of digital networking technology,” Langbroek said.

The Cairns workshop featured 20 participants who had been identified as emerging leaders in Indigenous early childhood education as well as two senior Indigenous educators with wide teaching experience in remote Queensland.


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