Top-notch education encouraging young Indigenous Australians to build a strong future
May 01, 2013

One of the keys to economic prosperity is education and that’s why NSW Mining has partnered with the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation (AIEF) to help young Indigenous people access quality education.

The AIEF’s mission is to empower Indigenous students to build a brighter future. As part of that mission, the group offers over 100 scholarships for Indigenous students in NSW to go to boarding school or university.

AIEF and NSW Mining invest in a bright future for Indigenous communities
​100 Indigenous students from across Australia participated in the Learn Earn Legend! Work Exposure in Government program in Canberra. 

Many of the scholarship winners are from mining regions – students like Ally Grant from Ellalong just south-west of Cessnock in the Hunter region. Last year, Ally started Year 11 at Pymble Ladies’ College in Sydney and she hasn’t only adapted to the challenges of living away from home, she’s thrived.

Ally represented the Aboriginal and Indigenous people with a poignant presentation to the whole college during 2012 NAIDOC celebrations and she’s shown leadership in heading discussions with her peers about the tent embassy.

Plus, Ally was one of 100 Indigenous students to travel to Canberra to see how our government works. She spent a week in the office of The Hon. Joel Fitzgibbon MP, Federal Member for Hunter, which was a unique opportunity to see the work of a parliamentarian.  

Now Ally has started Year 12, and with the help of an AIEF Student Support Manager is working to achieve her goal of studying law to become an advocate for Indigenous people.

“I want to be a lawyer or solicitor to help with Indigenous rights. I want to make a difference and be a good role model for my younger brothers and sisters,” says Ally.

NSW Mining has partnered with the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation since 2011 and Dr Nikki Williams, a former CEO, is one of its ambassadors. 

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