"Every morning I see their smiling faces
and it makes me happy."
This month, Deandra celebrates five years of employment as an Indi Kindi educator. She is also studying her Certificate 3 in Early Childhood Education and Care through the Batchelor Institute.
“When we drive around the community, the kids get excited, they come running and say Indi Kindi is coming! They try to get on the bus and I have to tell them to wait so we can open the doors,” she says.
“Every morning I see their smiling faces and it makes me happy. The young mums see us as an inspiration as we are teaching their kids.”
Led by community, for community
Deandra is a thought leader and change-maker in Borroloola. She is passionate about creating change through early childhood education for the children in her community.
“I love coming to work every day, working with my colleagues to make a better community, a better environment for the kids to learn,” she says.
“I’ve got a good job, I feel proud of myself because I didn’t have any power when I wasn’t working. Now we come together and plan for our little ones and the community.”
Today (18 March) is Close the Gap day – a national day of action to pledge support for achieving Indigenous health equality by 2030.
The Indi Kindi initiative by the Moriarty Foundation addresses 11 of the 16 closing the gap targets, such as engaging children in high quality, culturally appropriate early childhood education.