Media Release

Minister for
21 November 2018

Applications are open for the 2019 Teaching – Growing Our Future scholarship program, which supports Aboriginal Territorians who want to pursue a career in education.

The Territory Labor Government made an election promise to have 500 more Aboriginal people working as teachers, police or nurses by 2026.

There are more than 15,000 Aboriginal students – 43.9 per cent of the Territory total – enrolled in NT Government schools, and we need more Aboriginal educators working in our schools.

To encourage more Aboriginal Territorians to become teachers and educators, the scholarship provides $15,000 a year for up to four years for those studying a Bachelor of Education at and up to two years for those studying a Master of Teaching there.

Applicants must reside in the Territory prior to, and for the duration of, their course. Applications for the scholarships close on 1 February 2019.

To find out more visit http://teachintheterritory.nt.gov.au/

Quotes from Minister for Education, Selena Uibo:

“Aboriginal educators are leaders in schools and communities, and the Territory Labor government is promoting strong pathways for more Aboriginal Territorians to take up teaching.

“More Aboriginal educators means more opportunities available for local employment to better support and encourage Aboriginal students at school.

“Increasing the number of Aboriginal educators will also mean our education workforce is more representative of the NT’s population.

“More than 73 per cent of government schools are located in remote and very remote communities, so it is important we increase the number of Aboriginal educators in our classrooms.

“Aboriginal Territorians who want to make a difference to the lives of Territory students should apply now for one of the Teaching – Growing Our Future Scholarships.”

Media Contact: Leanne Hudson 0427 687 079

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