A discussion of educational inequity and its challenges and opportunities in modern Australia.
About this event
A discussion of what educational inequity looks like in modern Australia and how today and tomorrow’s leaders can create an Australia where education gives every child, regardless of background, greater choice for their future. Panelists include Teach for Australia alumni and leaders that serve Teach for Australia communities.
In Australia, recent reports show that:
Compared to other wealthy nations, Australia’s education system is one of the most unequal and inequitable.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students are on average six times more likely to be below the national minimum standards for literacy and numeracy.
Students from rural or remote communities are less than half as likely to go to university – and are more likely to drop out if they do.
COVID-19 has only exacerbated these problems, with estimates showing that the achievement gap has tripled in 2020 for students who are experiencing disadvantage.
Statistics like these show that circumstances that are out of a student’s control – the postcode they’re born in, their parents’ own education level, their cultural background – often dictate the education they are able to access.
And the lower the level of education a student obtains, the further their opportunities in life diminish: it impacts their employment and earning opportunities, their health and their general wellbeing.
Without intervention, the gap in educational outcomes grows over time and is carried on to the next generation – creating a cycle of disadvantage.
Read about Teach for Australia's impact in addressing educational disadvantage in our 2020 Impact Report here.
- Job type:Event
Arts and Humanities, Economics, Engineering, Mathematics,...
- Work rights:
Australian Permanent Resident, Australian Citizen
- Closing Date:11th Aug 2021, 7:00 am