Mildura mum's educational journey
Mildura mother of four, Lauren Gilson will be awarded the Catalysts’ Society Centenary Bursary valued at $1500, on Monday 12 July. The scholarship is funded by the Australian Federation of University Women Victoria (AFUW Victoria).
Lauren is a third year Bachelor of Education student and is currently the only Koori studying at the education course at La Trobe University’s Mildura Campus.
‘I think it’s really important for the Koori community to realise that education is not a privilege and that it is well within the reach of anyone,’ she says.
When Lauren left her Koori community in Queensland, it wasn’t until her grade three teacher sat her down and took the time to teach her that she learnt to read.
‘Reading and writing is an essential part of life, I know how difficult it is not being able to follow what’s going on in class because I couldn’t read what was written on the board,’ Lauren says.
‘Whenever I do my placements I see children going through the same experience as I did when I was younger,’ she says.
Due to Lauren’s experience and being a descendent from a family of teachers, her ambition is to give back to the local community.
‘I think children can easily relate to my experience and I would love to teach in a school which has a large population of indigenous students as well as students with different levels of learning and needs,’ she says.
Lauren is an advocate of education and believes everyone has the ability to attain the highest standard of learning despite their background.
‘You don’t have to be highly academic to receive an education but you have to believe it’s achievable. There will always be someone out there who can help you, whether it’s a fellow peer, teacher or university lecturer,’ she says.
The AFUW Victoria aims to empower women through education by awarding the Catalysts' Centenary Bursary to female Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander students.
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