Education

Back to school gift for Mathoura Aboriginal students

By Ivy Jensen

MATHOURA'S Aboriginal students have received a backpack filled with school supplies, ensuring they have the right tools to help with their education.

The packs were distributed to primary and high schools through the Deniliquin district when they returned to class earlier this month.

They were created by the NSW Aboriginal Education Consultative Group, and delivered and co-ordinated by the Local Aboriginal Lands Councils.

Deniliquin LALC chief executive Rose Dunn said students were overwhelmed by the gift.

‘‘I rang every school — including Mathoura, Blighty, Mayrung, Conargo and Deniliquin — to check how many Aboriginal students there were at each school,’’ Ms Dunn said.

‘‘I think it is really good to give the kids the tools that they need to succeed at school, and to ensure they are on the same level as other students.

‘‘Aboriginal families often come from a low socio-economic background, and parents sometimes can’t afford school supplies.

‘‘So when this came up, I took the opportunity because I know our local Aboriginal children would be appreciative of it.’’

Mathoura's Aboriginal students were provided with a backpack containing a pencil case, lunch box and colouring pencils.

All children transitioning from primary school to high school next year will receive a new pack in 2021.

‘‘I just think it is fantastic that there are all of these opportunities out there that can help our children, and we are always trying to access those for our whole community.’’