Did you know that Indigenous children are twice as likely to be developmentally vulnerable as non-Indigenous children? Latest data shows the overall attendance rate for Indigenous students nationally in 2017 was 83.2%, compared with 93% for non-Indigenous students. Year 12 attainment for Indigenous 20 – 24 year olds was 65.3% in 2016, compared to 89.1% for non-Indigenous Australians. (Closing the Gap Report, 2018)
The Cathy Freeman Foundation is focused on breaking this cycle and closing the education gap between non-Indigenous and Indigenous Australia.
Founded in 2007 by Cathy Freeman, the not-for-profit organisation delivers education programs to some of Australia’s largest and most remote Indigenous communities across Australia. Through life-changing education programs, the Foundation has helped thousands of Indigenous students to realise their potential and succeed in school.
The Foundation works closely with students, families, teachers and other community stakeholders to deliver programs that encourage school attendance, build self-esteem and support students to succeed in the classroom.
The Cathy Freeman Foundation cars, which transport education material around the community are up for renewal. If any members are interested in assisting this foundation by donating a used car or receiving more information on this initiative please contact Sharnee Pardy at [email protected].