KARI Foundation partnered with TAFE NSW to host The Bangamalanha Conference 2018. This conference brings together organisations nationwide to discuss and educate individuals on the opportunities available through TAFE NSW, for Indigenous youth.
The term “Bangamalanha” means to share with each other, which is exactly what occurred throughout this conference.
KARI’s Head of marketing and partnerships, Cain Slater, was invited to participate in a panel discussion that focused on the importance of providing further educational opportunities to Indigenous youth.
The panel reflected and shared their own stories on their role models and how having these opportunities is incredibly important for today’s Indigenous youth.
A key point that was brought up in the panel was how education can assist the youth in “crossing the river”. The term “crossing the river” refers to being able to access the same opportunities and succeed in life. Tools like education and employment, which can be provided to Indigenous youth by institutions like TAFE NSW, are an essential pathway to success.
Cain Slater said,
KARI Foundation were happy to be the Community partner for the Bangamalanha Conference and we’re grateful to TAFE NSW for giving us this opportunity. It is a great conference that highlights the importance of tertiary education for Indigenous youth.
Over the two days we saw keynote speakers including Stan Grant, Professor. Peter Radoll, Terri Janke and Danny Lester. These keynote speakers addressed issues that Indigenous youth face and how as organisations and individuals, we can combat these issues.
Keynote speakers Terri Janke and Stan Grant, reflected on their own story and how important their education was to their success.
Tuesday night saw TAFE NSW provide the opportunity to some aspiring chefs within their institution, to get a taste of the real world and what it is like to work in the hospitality industry. Ten students worked together with the renowned Indigenous chef Mark Olive, of Black Olive Catering, to prepare a 2-course dinner for the 150 guests that attended the conference.
Lucy Arundell Chief Education and Training Officer, TAFE NSW stated:
This very special conference brings together those engaged in providing services to Aboriginal peoples after school. It represents an unmissable chance to share knowledge, experiences and expertise related to leading targeted programs that meet the aspirations and priorities of Aboriginal peoples and Communities.