Cul­ture cham­pion on the crest of a wave

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - EDUCATION LIFE -

APRIL Cun­ning­ham is head­ing off to a very au­gust body in May and June.

The Sun­shine Coast In­dige­nous woman and cul­tural ed­u­ca­tor has gar­nered a Global Voices schol­ar­ship to rep­re­sent Australia at the OECD World Fo­rum in Paris from May 27 to June 1.

Global Voices iden­ti­fies and de­vel­ops the next gen­er­a­tion of Aus­tralian lead­ers by pro­vid­ing prac­ti­cal ex­pe­ri­ence in for­eign pol­icy and in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions. The Or­gan­i­sa­tion for Eco­nomic Co­op­er­a­tion and De­vel­op­ment en­ables coun­tries with mar­ket economies to pro­mote eco­nomic growth, pros­per­ity, and sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment.

The Sun­shine Coast stu­dent is part-way through a Bach­e­lor of Ed­u­ca­tion (Early Childhood) with CQUniver­sity, where she is also the In­dige­nous rep­re­sen­ta­tive on the Stu­dent Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Coun­cil.

She re­cently at­tended an awards cer­e­mony for a Pearl Dun­can Teach­ing Schol­ar­ship, val­ued at $10,000 over two years, which sets her up for em­ploy­ment in a ru­ral or re­mote school af­ter grad­u­a­tion.

On top of that, she reached the semi-fi­nals of the 2018 Queens­land Young Achiever Awards.

“I ap­plied for the Global Voices OECD op­por­tu­nity be­cause I have so much pas­sion for my voice to be heard,” April said.

“I was shocked and over­joyed to be se­lected and to be able to present my re­search pro­ject fo­cused on us­ing dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy to pro­mote the sus­tain­abil­ity of our land.”

April is a proud de­scen­dant of the Noonuc­cal peo­ple of the Quan­damooka na­tion from North Strad­broke Is­land (Min­jer­ribah).

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

GREAT OP­POR­TU­NITY: Caloun­dra-based April is now head­ing off to Paris for the OECD World Fo­rum.

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