DRIVING EDUCATION: Chris Sarra was the first Aboriginal principal of Cherbourg State School from 1998 to 2004.
DRIVING EDUCATION: Chris Sarra was the first Aboriginal principal of Cherbourg State School from 1998 to 2004. contributed

Children’s education in spotlight as NAIDOC Person of the Year heads to Gladstone

NAIDOC Person of the Year Chris Sarra is coming to Gladstone.

The renowned professor of education will be hosting workshops for all teachers and educators in the region who are willing to take a lesson instead of giving one.

As principal of Cherbourg State School in the 1990s, Mr Sarra took on the challenges of Indigenous education.

Under his leadership, the school became nationally acclaimed for its pursuit of the Stronger Smarter philosophy, significantly improving the educational and life outcomes of its students.

“We must be determined that our classrooms are sacred spaces in which our children can dream about being anything they want,” Mr Sarra said.

The workshops are presented by CQUniversity and Rio Tinto’s Here for Childcare initiative and will be hosted on Saturday from 7.30am.

Also speaking will be Fiona Bobongie, the program co-ordinator at the Stronger Smarter Institute.

She is a proud Darumbal and South Sea Islander woman from the First Nations People of Tanna and Ambrym islands, Vanuatu.

Ms Bobongie has been with Queensland’s Department of Education since 1986 in various roles such as teacher aide, teacher and acting principal.

She has worked as a principal project officer for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Perspectives in Schools in the central and north Queensland regions.

“Early childhood educators have an important role in every child’s education to create a solid foundation to set them up to build an exciting and strong, smart and stable education,” Ms Bobongie said.

For more information email k.gall@cqu.edu.au or register at www.outix.net/tickets/event/.



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