WIRADJURI woman Emma Griggs left high school in her early teens but that hasn’t stopped her successfully completing a Certificate in Project Management, Diploma in
Counselling, Certificate in Mental Health, Certificate in Alcohol and other Drugs, and most recently, a Diploma of Applied Aboriginal Studies.
And now Ms Griggs is fulfilling her dream of undertaking a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration at the University of Technology Sydney.
“It wasn’t until I was in my mid thirties that I even considered taking on further education, and that all came down to my biggest fear that I thought I just wasn’t smart enough,” Ms Griggs said.
“I enrolled in the diploma of Applied Aboriginal Studies at Tranby National Indigenous Adult Education and Training Centre because for so long I had only known the oral history passed down through my family and community, and I was eager to learn more,” she said.
“I felt compelled to understand deeply the policies and politics that affect Aboriginal people, and I figured, if I’m ever to get into a conversation about these topics, and possibly have to help educate people, then I must educate myself about it first.”
Established in the Gadigal (Sydney) suburb of Glebe in 1957, Tranby is Australia’s oldest not-for-profit independent Indigenous education provider, and has long been a place of strong community, social, and political action for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
“Educating myself and having an acute awareness of Australia’s Aboriginal history has given me the confidence to give another person my own educated opinion, rather than simply regurgitating the opinions of other people…
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