Students light up lives of underprivileged children in PNG
30 Aug 2018
Nearly 200 students have joined forces with volunteers from Origin to build solar powered lights for children living in energy poverty along the Kokoda Track.
4 March 2015
Based inside St Andrew’s Catholic School in Sydney, Gawura is a day school for kindergarten to year six students, which is pioneering education for inner-city Indigenous children.
While literacy, numeracy, sport and music tuition are still part of each school day, Gawura also provides a culturally supportive education environment that celebrates and strengthens Indigenous culture.
The philanthropic arm of Origin, the Origin Foundation, is proud to partner with Gawura to support this initiative, with financial assistance and volunteer support.
Research shows that Indigenous children generally have lower rates of educational attainment than the wider population. Gawura is tackling this problem by providing students with a learning environment where students are proud of their heritage.
Two Origin employees, Andres and Rommero, recently volunteered their time to participate in a reading program, which assists primary school children with their literacy skills. Taking time out from their roles as energy traders, Andres and Rommero have been spending an hour each week with students at Gawura helping them with pronunciation, spelling, comprehension and their concentration.
“It was encouraging to see the children’s interest in reading and it’s satisfying to know the small amount of time I give to help them ultimately contributes to the broader goal of a more educated, engaged and successful Indigenous community,” explained Andres.
“... it’s satisfying to know the small time I gave to help them ultimately contributes to the broader goal of a more educated, engaged and successful Indigenous community” - Andres, Origin Energy