Unearth-Ed one of the leading providers of group educational travel in Australia, approached remote Indigenous school in Kowanyama, to see if they would be interested in Unearth-Ed assisting them financially in support of a trip to Canberra as part of the Schools first foray into the study of Civics and Citizenship in 2019. We also said we would do our best to get the students to meet the PM at Parliament House.
So last week it all came to fruition. The kids had a trip of a life time in Canberra stopping off at the snow in Perisher on the way down to Canberra, visiting all the iconic destinations that only Canberra has to offer including the War Memorial, Old Parliament House, Questacon, the Mint and the Australian Institute of sport to name a few, with the highlight being meeting the PM Scott Morrison; new Indigenous Minister Ken Wyatt and local MP Warren Entsch in the Parliamentary courtyard.
We believe at Unearth-Ed that a trip like this illustrates to the students that they are part of something bigger and that Australia cares about them and their future. We hope it can inspire future careers into things like science, the law, sport, arts and politics. These careers can then be used to assist their community’s future development. There are also opportunities for cultural exchanges with other schools visiting Kowanyama which can create an educational tourism industry & therefore economic development & jobs.