Each year the APPEA Conference & Exhibition supports a selected charity.
In 2017, APPEA is pleased to announce Girls Academy Australia as the official conference charity.
The Girls Academy program works within the school system to drive community-led solutions aimed at reducing the barriers that prevent Indigenous girls from completing their education and reaching their full potential. Its mission is to “Develop a Girl • Change a Community”.
Australian Indigenous girls face some of the greatest social disadvantage of our nations population. Australian Indigenous Girls trail their non-Indigenous peers in health, education, employment opportunities, earning capacity and lifespan.
As the future mothers and leaders of the Indigenous community, strong and educated young women are critical to closing the unacceptable gap that exists between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians.
Girls can be powerful catalysts for change in their communities, and education is the key to bringing about this change. The Girls Academy equips Indigenous girls with the tools they need to engage in their education, achieve their goals and change their communities.
The program has four main objectives: