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Push for More Aboriginal Teachers and Educators

The Territory Labor Government wants more NT Aboriginal teachers and educators. Minister for Education Eva Lawler said the Teaching - Growing Our Future scholarships program is part of a plan to create job opportunities for Territorians and provide role models for Aboriginal students.

“Our investment in teachers is an investment in our students and our future, which is the smart thing to do for all Territorians,” Ms Lawler said.

“A good education leads to a good job, and providing support for Aboriginal Territorians to become educators will encourage Aboriginal students to aspire to a career in education.

“Aboriginal students make up 47 per cent of our total student population, so it is important we have Aboriginal educators as role models and leaders within our schools and the wider community.”

The scholarships provide
financial support to Aboriginal students studying full-time undergraduate (Bachelor of Education) or postgraduate (Master of Teaching) courses at Charles Darwin University in 2018.

“The successful applicants will receive $15,000 per year for up to four years for a Bachelor of Education and up to two years for a Master of Teaching,” Ms Lawler said.

“This kind of financial support can help Aboriginal people passionate about education become teachers. The knock-on effect of more Aboriginal teachers will be better outcomes for the Aboriginal students they teach, and an education workforce more representative of the NT’s population.”

The scholarships are only available to residents of the Northern Territory. Closing date for applications is March 2, 2018. To find our more visit

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