When we opened in 2007, Gawura was the first 100% Indigenous primary school in the Australia Independent sector. Gawura gives Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students the opportunity to start in Gawura in Kindergarten, receive a scholarship for their secondary years and stay in the same school with their friends from Kindergarten to year 12. 94% of secondary student costs are funded by donors.
If you can give $50 per month, and if 49 other people do the same, that will cover one student’s education at St Andrew’s Cathedral School for a year. Times are difficult and if you can’t donate right now please don’t give it a second thought.
There are social and structural barriers to education in Australia. The Australian education system has not catered to the needs of First Nations children. Gawura tackles some of the structural issues in education, making children feel culturally safe and, most importantly, proud of their background and heritage.
The issues facing First Nations people can seem overwhelming. Change starts with education. Education gives choice.
One of our monthly donors, Dennis recently told us why he gives;
“For some time, I have felt that the secret to breaking the cycle of disadvantage of Aboriginal people is to find a way for everyone to be an equal part of Australian society. Giving Aboriginal children a good education is the way to do this. Charles Perkins was the first Aboriginal graduate of Sydney University at the time I was there. He was a very inspiring and influential person.”