Western Australia Minister for Education Elizabeth Constable
Award Winners Highlight Excellence In Aboriginal Education
Victor P Taffa
Two year 12 students from Albany Senior High School and Eastern Goldfields College were among 13 winners announced last night at the 2010 Aboriginal Education Awards of Achievement.
The awards followed NAIDOC Week celebrations and recognised outstanding achievements by Aboriginal students and educators across the State.
Education Minister Liz Constable said Jake Louthean, of Albany Senior High School, and Taneisha Hansen, of Eastern Goldfields College, were respected members of their school communities.
“Not only was Jake awarded the National 2009 Future Leaders Indigenous Award, for his leadership and academic potential, he was also nominated for a 2010 Active Achievers’ Country Week Award for his sporting prowess.” Dr. Constable said.
“Taneisha plays basketball for the Kalgoorlie Girls Academy and was selected to go to America to play basketball to reward her dedication to her studies and sporting achievements.”
The Minister said last night’s winners highlighted the excellent initiatives, programs and people in Aboriginal Education in Western Australia.
“These winners are shining examples of what can be achieved through hard work and dedication and I commend them on their achievements.” Dr. Constable said.
“The WA Government is committed to closing the gap between the educational outcomes of indigenous and non-indigenous students in our State.”
“We particularly want to improve Aboriginal student attendance and, in May, I launched the ‘Better Attendance: Brighter Futures’ strategy which has a special indigenous focus.”