It has been less than a year since we unveiled our new name, Indigenous Education & Boarding Australia (IEBA), and our vision that all Indigenous students attain educational outcomes that enable them to be successful in their future choices.
This is a significant ambition that can only be attained through positive changes enacted by the many stakeholders who influence the child’s education and care. These include parents and community, to boarding staff, teachers, school principals and leaders, as well as scholarship and transition agencies, healthcare providers and government policy and funding.
National Indigenous Cultural Boarding Standard
When we held the 2nd National Indigenous Education and Boarding Symposium in March 2019 we heard that it is great to explore the challenges, but wouldn’t it be good to move to action. That is why the 2020 Symposium – Setting a Standard will be the commencement of the development of a National Indigenous Cultural Boarding Standard. We invite you to have a say in the founding principals and structure of the standard at the Symposium in Geelong from 17-19 March.
Indigenous Voices in Boarding
Listening to voices of Indigenous families of boarding students has often been in the past too hard or one way. In 2020 IEBA is seeking to develop an Indigenous Voices in Boarding network with a voice at the local level – the boarding school, at a regional level – facilitated regional conferences, and at a national level – a representative annual conference. This model will work most effectively if the 150 boarding schools and residences with Indigenous boarders engage with the parents of their students.
In 2019 the Boarding: investing in outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students report prepared by Grant Thornton for the National Indigenous Australians Agency clearly documented the financial stress being experienced by the boarding providers reviewed in the report. IEBA are spearheading a campaign for an immediate increase in funding in 2020 for these boarding providers, but also to find long term solutions to this perennial funding problem.
If you support our vision, we need you to get involved in our activities in 2020 and support IEBA by becoming a member. Membership for an organisation is only $330 and will show your support for Closing the Indigenous education gap. It will also provide you with generous discounts to our events and training, including the Symposium. Read more on our Membership web page.