Imagine if every Indigenous child could receive a high school education - even in the remoteness of Australia’s Red Heart. For many Indigenous students reaching year 7 means leaving their community, and heading to a totally alien environment, to continue their high school education. Without the support of close family and friends, life in the unfamiliar environments of large cities and towns can break the hearts of many young Aboriginal students. Many give up on their education and return defeated to their home communities. A tragic loss to the potential of the child, a tragic loss to Australia.
The 2023 Lilla Sports & Storytelling Festival was the 8th iteration of the annual festival, the first since the start of the Covid pandemic, and it was a resounding success! With help from Dentons, Remote Tours NT, Poetry in Action, NT AFL, the Have a Ball Foundation, Kings Canyon Resort, local rangers, Traditional Owners and 14 volunteers who came from all over Australia, we hosted three activity-packed days with the children from Papunya and Areyonga which emphasised that 'it's cool to go to school!'