Youth in crisis
It is a fact that many young Indigenous people in Australia today are caught up in an education, training and employment crisis. Thousands of Indigenous youngsters each year do not complete their schooling, undertake training or find jobs, which in turn leads to a continuous cycle of social and economic disadvantage.

The statistics speak for themselves:

  • 46.1% of Indigenous students do not attain Year 12 or equivalent, compared to 14% of non Indigenous students.1
  • Just 39.4 per cent of young Indigenous Australians take part in post school employment, education or training, compared to 74 per cent of non Indigenous young people of the same age.1
  • The number of young Indigenous Australians who are unemployed is nearly double that of non Indigenous youth of the same age (31 per cent compared to 16 per cent).2
Many factors contribute to this situation. Two major reasons are a poor history of education and training among Indigenous youngsters; and a lack of positive role models within their communities.

At Ganbina, we know that there is no quick fix solution to this problem. But we know that our programs can - and do - make a very real difference to this picture.

The results? Meaningful employment, financial independence, personal fulfilment and a desire to help others within their communities to change the status quo.

1 COAG Reform Council: Education in Australia 2012: Five years of performance
2 Australian Bureau of Statistics: Census of Population and Housing: Characteristics of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, 2011: Labour Force: Key Findings

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