At an award ceremony held in Sydney during NAIDOC Week , NSW TAFE Western Institute, students and teachers received five of the 2007 NSW Gili Awards.
The Annual Gili awards are organised and presented by the Aboriginal Education and Training Directorate of the NSW Department of Education and Training.
Western Institute recipients were:
The Awards which began in 1991 recognise the achievements of Aboriginal TAFE students and staff that have contributed to their communities through training and education.
Adrian Mitchell, Director NSW TAFE Western Institute, was in Sydney to receive the Outstanding Institute Award. He said. “It was a great occasion and staff of the Western Institute can be proud of the outcomes of their engagement with Aboriginal people in western NSW”.
“Western Institute is a significant provider of education and training to Aboriginal students with more than 14% of its total student population being Aboriginal. The design and delivery of courses by the Institute is influenced by the increasing expectations of Aboriginal people especially in relation to building stronger communities and future employment outcomes”.
“Because of the geographic size of Western Institute and the remote communities within it, one of the features of our delivery to Aboriginal people has been flexible learning and the development of electronic delivery and communications for education and training.”
The awards are a significant event for Aboriginal TAFE NSW students, parents, Aboriginal communities and organisations, and the NSW Department of Education and Training.
Note:Gili (pronounced Killi) is an Eora work meaning to shine.