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Young students educating others

SPONSORED: Daithi Wade is a year 8 student from Hale School. A Yawuru boy from Broome, he has relocated thousands of kilometers for a better education. In his first six months at the School, he went from being educated, to being the educator.

During NAIDOC Week 2018, Daithi wrote a speech & presented it at the at the school’s NAIDOC Assembly.

Ngaji Gudajin Ngaya Nillawal Daithi
My name is Daithi and I am a Yawuru Gira (boy).

I would like to acknowledge the traditional owners of this land the Noongar people.

I come from Rubibi which you know as Broome. Broome is a warm town in the north of Western Australia. Broome is a very multicultural town filled with Aboriginal, Chinese, Irish, Malaysian and Japanese people. Most of the Asian population in Broome came because of the pearling industry. This is where I get my cultural heritage of Aboriginal (Yawuru), Chinese and Irish.

Growing up in Broome has taught me a lot because of the environment around me from the Walga Walga out in the sea, to the Jarlanardi out on Roebuck Plains.

My dad was a student at Hale School with a few of my uncles many years ago. Some of my hopes and dreams are to play in the AFL. My Mum likes to remind me that not everyone makes it, so she tells me to think of a back-up job and I have thought about what she has said and I would like to become a mechanic. I think being at Hale will give me the best start to my dreams.

This year’s NAIDOC theme is ‘Because Of Her I Can’, so I want you to think about a significant woman in my life.

Mim Coco – Mim meaning grandmother in Yawuru. Because of her I can talk Yawuru. She is the one who taught me how to speak Yawuru alongside one of my aunties Dalia Pigram. These two women have helped revive the Yawuru language which was close to extinction by teaching the language in two of the primary schools in Broome; St Mary’s College and Cable Beach. They have also taught the Yawuru language to people in the wider community.

Giny- ung – ga nyoodan yagadjin.
Because of her we can.

Today we would like to recognise Hale School’s proud association with MADALAH Limited. MADALAH is instrumental in providing scholarships for Hale School’s Indigenous boys, as well as for many other Indigenous students at their partner schools. MADALAH’s ongoing partnership with us and their support is proudly acknowledged and I am grateful for the opportunity they have given me.

Daithi attends Hale School as a MADALAH Limited scholarship holder. MADALAH is a not-for-profit organisation that offers Secondary and Tertiary education scholarships for Indigenous students from remote and regional communities to West Australia’s leading schools and Australian universities.

MADALAH believe education is the key to generational change and opportunity and are committed to making a difference in the lives of participants, their families and communities. ‘Making A Difference and Looking Ahead’ is what their name stands for, and what they empower our students and participants to do.

The MADALAH Ball will be held at Crown Perth on Saturday, 3 August 2019. The Ball is coordinated to raise much-needed funds to assist in providing more educational opportunities for Indigenous students in Western Australia.

The Ball attracts more than 750 people, primarily from successful corporations who have an interest in supporting educational excellence.

Tables of ten start at $3300 ex GST. Bookings can be made at

The MADALAH program is supported by the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.

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