Culture champion on the crest of a wave
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).
GREAT OPPORTUNITY: Caloundra-based April is now heading off to Paris for the OECD World Forum.