A good education determines a child's literacy, social status, employment, health, and productivity.
Mr. Noel Pearson, an Indigenous Australian Lawyer and a passionate spokesperson for Indigenous issues, highlights the factors that have previously failed Indigenous children who have participated in Australia's education system; in a result, it has caused hesitation from Indigenous parents and people to accept education for their children. Today, Indigenous Australians are still in a worse position compared to non-Indigenous Australians because they have limited access to education because of discrimination. While if they have equal access to education, it could provide Indigenous Australians with better jobs and socioeconomic opportunities.
Indigenous families have particularly strong family values, and raising a child is everybody's responsibility, including the care, discipline, and education they receive. Indigenous people often relate to each other through their family's connections and relationships; this is why they rely on and nurture strong family bonds, as it means they can continue to pass on their cultural beliefs from one generation to the next. Indigenous people believe that without these relationships, children will lose their cultural beliefs and identity. Having your own identity is very powerful. Losing that identity through influences from education is a threat that some Indigenous families and communities may predict for their children.
Only 10% Percent of Indigenous children who get an education graduate from Year 12. A big factor to this is that Student engagement in formal educational settings, such as schools, remains significantly lower for Indigenous students than those for non-Indigenous studen...