Shaping young minds: Indigenous education
Indigenous learning is a requirement within the Australian Curriculum. However, non-Indigenous teachers sometimes struggle to educate their students, fearing that they’ll say the wrong thing. Indigenous educators throughout Australia are determined to include more First Nations education within the curriculum, and increase the number of Indigenous representatives within the education system.
21-year-old Taylor Fitzgerald, a proud Kamilaroi woman, is an activist who fights to amplify the voices of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women. As an Indigenous Educations Officer in primary and high schools across Canberra’s south, Taylor has faced her fair share of challenges throughout her career building cultural awareness within the classroom.
In 2020, the Black Lives Matter movement in Australia has called for a greater focus on Indigenous education within Australian schools. Taylor believes that Black Lives Matter has helped Indigenous and non-Indigenous children to learn about Aboriginal history.
NowUC’s Rebecca More spoke to Taylor about Indigenous education in schools and the impact of the Black Lives Matter movement on the Indigenous community.