Students from Doomadgee State School are experiencing life outside their home community for the first time this month as part of a 12-day tour called You Show Me Your World, I’ll Show you Mine.
South Bank, Brisbane city and Stradbroke Island were on the agenda last week while this week it’s Dreamworld, the Tweed Coast and Byron Bay.
Humanities lecturer Dr Kerrie Foxwell-Norton says the tour aims to introduce the children to education, employment and training opportunities.
The students visit local primary schools where they deliver a ‘Life in Doomadgee’ presentation to their city peers.
“It’s about sharing their experiences of living in a remote indigenous community with people who live very different lifestyles,’’ she said.
“The city children are impressed by the stories of living with kangaroos and emus and fishing, so by the end of their presentations, the Doomadgee kids are feeling really good about themselves.
“The tour is an incentive for school attendance and brings positive experiences and possibilities to entire communities.”
The tour is a collaboration between the Waanyi Nation Aboriginal Corporation, the School of Humanities and Doomadgee State School.