Peter Buckskin was Indigenous X host from October 11 to October 18, 2013.
Five questions to Peter
I am proud to be project director of the More Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Teachers Initiative (MATSITI). I am committed to excellence in pursuit of better education outcomes for our youth, ensuring they can celebrate their cultural identity and acquire professional skills. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teachers are at the heart of this agenda.
I also wish to share more information about the MATSITI “A deadly career!” forum for pre-service teachers, teachers, and education leaders from the school and higher education sectors, which is being held in Adelaide on the 14-15 October. This forum will put forward teaching as a career of choice and celebrate our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teachers and principals as positive icons and heroes within our communities.
The MATSITI initiative is part of an ambitious national policy agenda, which includes a more culturally inclusive Australian curriculum and professional standards for teachers and school leaders to effectively engage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. Supporting the development of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teaching workforce is a vital part of this national policy agenda.
The conference will also capitalise on the opportunities and challenges associated with connectivity and globalisation, with external engagement through webinar and social media channels (#matsiti). It is important for us to celebrate our progress to date, and build on our successes. This forum is an essential part of taking the next step to achieve education parity for our children.