Rural and Regional education

The dark secrets of Australian education will be revealed for families moving to the country

Sean Barrett / 05 August 2021

Now that we've discovered we can work from almost anywhere, families are leaving cities in pursuit of more affordable, healthier lifestyles in the country. But many will be shocked by the underperformance of regional schools - evidenced in literacy and numeracy results, Year 12 completion rates and poor post-school opportunities.

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Rural and Regional education

The power within community

Nicole Wright / 08 June 2021

The Country Education Foundation believes in equal access to education irrespective of background, circumstances or location. But trusting local communities to call the shots when it comes to supporting students who need it most, has been critical to their success.

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STEM education

When a young woman puts up her hand for STEM, we all win

Emma Brand / 09 June 2021

Women belong in the lab, in the field, and in the room solving massive, complex scientific and engineering problems. Every time a young woman puts up her hand to say that she wants in – we all win. So what's holding us back?

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STEM education

Give a gift that counts this Christmas

Sean Barrett / 17 December 2020

How many of your daughter's gifts this year will discourage her from becoming a future scientist, engineer or IT leader? Gender stereotyping, alongside other forces, is turning young women away from science and maths. So this year, buy your boys and girls something that will whet their appetite for STEM.

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Indigenous education

How opportunities helped build my self-worth

Brianna Knight / 23 February 2021

A proud Iningai woman, Brianna is making the most of every opportunity that comes her way. From school, to university and everything in between, including a summer internship at Origin Energy. She wants young people to understand the value of opportunity - not only for networking and developing skills, but in helping find your sense of self.

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General Philanthropy

A call for help dials up unexpected benefits

Pauline Kanhalikham / 16 December 2020

In the middle of Australia's COVID-19 lockdown, a partnership between the Australian Red Cross and the Origin Energy Foundation saw thousands of wellbeing phone calls being made to the most vulnerable and isolated in the community. It turns out these moments of connection proved to be invalauble for both volunteers and call recipients alike.

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STEM education

A new Facebook Messenger bot is helping parents build their childrens' maths skills

Joanne Carter / 13 October 2020

A new user-friendly tool is helping parents and carers build vital numeracy skills in their young children, using everyday activities. The Smith Family's Joanne Carter explains how you can access it and why it's important.

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