Aboriginal Parents, Leaders and Academics have consistently called for the prioritisation of Aboriginal education to improve employment and economic outcomes. To close the education gap between Aboriginal peoples and other Australians - Aboriginal Education matters. To ensure the futures of all Aboriginal children, families, and communities thrive - Aboriginal Education matters. What skills do Aboriginal Australians need to thrive in a modern 21st Century society? How can we be sure that classrooms are future proofing Aboriginal communities? What is 21st Century Aboriginal Education? Australia has made choices. But are these choices positive or negative?
This public lecture provided a descriptive data analysis of issues related to Aboriginal Futures and argues schooling equality and the success of Aboriginal students continues to be important for Aboriginal communities and for the future of Australia..
Dr Lester-Irabinna Rigney is Professor of Aboriginal Education in the School of Education at University of South Australia.
Professor Rigney is an expert in Aboriginal teaching and learning. He's a registered teacher and has worked in Aboriginal schooling and Education for more than 20 years.