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Closing the Education Gap, Providing Skills for Life

Closing the Education Gap, Providing Skills for Life

Mitchell Drage is passionate about his role as an aboriginal leader in education. A principal at Nullagine Remote Community School (which is largely aboriginal), he has been recognized by the state government for his contributions to education.

Drage is a veteran of the educational system, first becoming involved in indigenous education in the 1980s, when he attended the National Aboriginal Education Conference. At the time of the National Aboriginal Education Conference’s conception, there were only four Aboriginal teachers in all of Australia. The idea behind the conference was to increase the number of Aboriginal educators in classrooms to a more representative number.

After attending this conference, Drage became one of these educators.

Especially in schools with a majority of Aboriginal students in attendance, it is important for there to be representation in Aboriginal faculty members. It is important for young Aboriginal students to see others like them in positive professions and positions of authority.

Drage’s goal as principal is to encourage a positive school community where education is valued. He pushes his teachers in order to provide the best possible education for his students so that they can “compete equally with all other children across the country.” Drage’s efforts to combat indigenous disadvantage has so far captured the attention of the state government, who nominated him for a state education award.

However, to Mitchell Drage, the true reward is for his students to finish school equipped for life.

“I have to be personally convinced that I have set them on the road to do something better for themselves,” he said.

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12:40PM PDT on Mar 29, 2012

Mr Drage is not only awakening a people but sharing basic realities. Learning life skills and becoming an expert (professional) in the area will bring respect and gainful employment. God bless

4:43PM PST on Mar 5, 2012

People like this should always be recognized for their efforts and achievements.

10:41AM PST on Mar 4, 2012

Inspiring :)

8:11AM PST on Mar 2, 2012

a positive example..... may there be many more in the future!

2:40AM PST on Mar 2, 2012

Thanks for this article.

12:36AM PST on Mar 2, 2012

Thank you for the article. Mr. Drage is absolutely correct, children need to see successful examples of their ethnic group.

7:39PM PST on Mar 1, 2012

thank for this

7:18PM PST on Mar 1, 2012

thank you for your energy put to great use. :)

7:01PM PST on Mar 1, 2012

What an honorable man :)

6:32PM PST on Mar 1, 2012

He is so right true education is the key to freedom. What the government is passing about these days is designed to make one so dumb that one cannot recognize one's own slavery or the slave masters.

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