Thursday 27 February
Caption of picture above: On 27 February the AEU Gonski van travelled over 200km from Hay NSW to Barham, from the Lachlan River to the mighty Murray River through drought stricken land to the irrigated food bowl of Australia. A few innocent bystanders were dodged on the way to pursuing a quality education for all Australian children.
Friday 28 February
The Gonski Van travelled from Bahram NSW on the Murray River to pass the relay torch to Teacher activists at Deniliquin NSW on the banks of the Edward River. Deniliquin Teachers met to write letters to the Federal Member of Parliament Susan Ley and decided to table the letter at each schools Parents & Citizens meeting. Teachers vowed to keep the Gonski flame alive for as long as it takes to guarantee government funding and demand all governments fulfil their obligation to provide quality education for all children. After the meeting, teachers enjoyed a game of barefoot bowls. President of the Teachers Association Paul Ferguson said: “It’s wonderful to see young activists campaign for quality education. We decided to hold a social bowls night to attract new people to the association meeting and encourage the pursuit of quality education for all. I believe it is our responsibility as educators to hold all governments to account and not allow them to abrogate their responsibility to educate children, our nation’s future.”
Leah Wright Primary School Teacher Brewarrina Central School speaks about the tyranny of distance & isolation: