The acronym AIME stands for Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience. This was a program that started way back in 2005 and was born in an effort to create education equality for indigenous high school kids through a mentoring system. Now that the program is being delivered around the globe it's known as AIME Mentoring. The next step in their journey is to bring AIME to primary school students and that's where Coomera Rivers is going to lead the way.
So while the original program focused on supporting high school students make it to university, the whole idea for the primary school initiative is for our indigenous students to not only learn and celebrate their culture but also introduce them to other indigenous mentors who will guide them in forming a healthy respect for education and community, and develop a positive work ethic.
This week a core group of our indigenous students met team leader, Alex Melville and mentors, Sharna and Jasmine to find out about the program. They shared a lovely morning tea and spent time getting to know each other by drawing and just kicking the football. Next week, Alex and his team will return to Coomera Rivers to meet all our indigenous students where they'll learn more about the program, celebrate their culture and hear Alex's important message - Education is important. We look forward to seeing how this program develops.