Founder of the AIM program, Jack Manning Bancroft will celebrate the success of the indigenous mentoring initiative at the University of Wollongong tomorrow.

The University of Wollongong joined AIME in 2008 after it successfully proved to dramatically improve the chances of Indigenous students finishing school.

Mr Manning Bancroft says the visit is “an opportunity to profile the amazing work that the University of Wollongong is doing on the ground to see the day when Indigenous children finish school at the same rate as all Australian children.”

Former Australian Human Rights Medallist and NSW Young Australian of the Year, Mr Manning Bancroft says it is great to see universities committed to making sure every child has the chance to get the best possible education.

“UOW is leading the way by ensuring our first Australians get the same opportunities as every Australian child. This is an outstanding thing — their leadership should be applauded,” he says.

“UOW is committed to quality education for all. AIME provides the vehicle to achieve this goal. AIME can only be described as one of the most effective and innovative projects to impact on the education of young people in Australia. The University is proud to support such an initiative,” Dean of Education Associate Professor Ian Brown said.

“We’re so excited to share the magic formula that we’ve applied so successfully over the last nine years working with Indigenous children, so that more people around Australia and the world are able to unlock the limitless potential that lies within them,” Manning Bancroft said.

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