We bring together the voices that matter. NISEP is a unique collective of Aboriginal Elders, science academics and high school staff, committed to helping the educational attainment of Indigenous youth in a meaningful way.
We provide in-school, community and university science events. NISEP currently incorporates 13 high schools from low socioeconomic rural, regional and metro areas and 3 universities, and annually places around 150 Indigenous students in leadership roles. We are committed to working with our student leaders over their high school studies so as to strengthen their confidence and aspirations.
We help students broaden their ideas of what’s possible, develop confidence in their own abilities, and become role models in their communities. We are creating cycles of learning and leadership to improve educational outcomes of Indigenous youth, strengthen community ties and foster a sense of pride and identity.
We want every student in Australia to have the chance to unlock their potential, ignite their imaginations and become our leaders of tomorrow.
“Our students have grown wings, and they’re starting to fly” – Aboriginal Elder, Casino High
“If it wasn’t for events like this I probably wouldn’t have gone on to Year 12 and I’m sure other Indigenous students at my school would feel the same” – Student, Casino High
Empowering the leaders of tomorrow, today
Through NISEP, we put the power of learning in the students’ hands. We train students from year 8 upwards to teach hands-on western and Indigenous science to junior students, peers and the general public.
Our model is unique and achieves its impact by:
- Showing students how to teach science and inspire others
- Working collaboratively and inclusively with local schools and Indigenous communities
- Creating lasting connections with students
- Building confidence and motivation to succeed in school
- Providing access to in-school programs
- Driving peer-to-peer coaching and mentoring
- Engaging in community-based activities
- Providing role models
- Allowing students to experience what university is like
- Creating pathways to higher education
Highlights the significance of Indigenous scientific knowledge and allows Indigenous students to showcase their science and leadership skills to a wide audience. Includes our Family Science Fun Day, which is open to the public.