The Indigenous Teachers’ First Graduates

Michaela Meade

The Kangan Institute’s new Indigenous teacher program has delivered its first five graduates.

The new training and assessment program, offered on the Broadmeadows campus, is tailored to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

The program’s first graduates — Caroline Tarran, Colin Atkinson, Trakka Clarkson, Charmaine Hamilton, and Richie Kennedy — completed a contextualized version of a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, granting them a teaching degree.

Designed by educators and assessments in conjunction with the Kangan Institute’s Indigenous Education Center and alumni, the program provides a culturally safe learning experience for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in training to become teachers.

Sally Curtain, director of the Kangan Institute, said the course was an important step in closing a vital skills gap within the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

“Improving access to education and meaningful work, raising the cultural awareness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and working towards a reconciled and just Australia are key priorities for the Kangan Institute,” said Ms Curtain.

“Education is at the heart of this commitment, with the Victorian Government’s Marrung Aboriginal Education Plan 2016-2026 outlining the need to attract and retain more Koorie people to work as VET teachers.

“Our unique program addresses this critical need, and as qualified trainers and assessors, our graduates are now equipped to make meaningful and lasting change within the community.”

There are plans to offer the program again next year, with the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment as part of the 2022 list of free TAFE courses.

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