SEDA College NT is passionate about growing young Indigenous leaders in our community. The Indigenous Education and Leadership Program provides students with unique opportunities to participate in a range of activities throughout the year.
The program is developed with our industry, education and community partners to educate and empower our Indigenous students and assist them to realise their potential.
Approximately 35% of SEDA College NT students identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.
SEDA College can offer Indigenous students:
A key aspect of the program is to develop the next generation of young Indigenous leaders and role models and to create a strong connection to the community. While identifying tailored pathways for our students into higher education or employment, we aim to mentor and support our Alumni to increase their chance of success.
The program is supported by a number of Indigenous organisations. For more information regarding the SEDA College NT Indigenous Education and Leadership Program please email Shontelle Hartog, Indigenous Engagement Coordinator – Shontelle.Hartog@sedacollege.nt.edu.au.
Hear from the College’s Indigenous Engagement Coordinator, Shontelle Hartog, about her SEDA journey
I started my SEDA journey in 2015 when I joined the program as a student in Year 11.
Prior to SEDA, my high school experience wasn’t positive; I was labelled an at-risk student and highly disengaged. SEDA was my fresh start; from completing the first week at SEDA my whole mindset and attitude changed. The one teacher model saved me, I struggled in my previous school to build a relationship with all 7 teachers for one day. Building a relationship with one teacher meant I could have a safe space and a positive relationship, I felt that my education was supported.
I completed my Year 12 studies with Francis as my teacher and mentor.
Upon graduating from SEDA I spent the following years working within the education system in the Territory. I worked in roles supporting early intervention, parent support, primary schools and travelled to remote communities. All of these and the continued inspiration from the SEDA College NT team, supported me to commence my Teaching Degree at Charles Darwin University.
I joined the SEDA Program in 2021 as the Indigenous Engagement Coordinator, this role has been a strong passion of mine.
I am a Darumbal woman working on Larakia land, my focus for the First Nations student at SEDA is to support them in their Education, Health & Wellbeing, Career aspirations and largely Cultural Development and Connection.
I understand that our First Nations students will face many changeling factors in their life; my passion and purpose is to be able to see students achieve their goals and reach their full potential. It is a large focus of mine to embed history and safe practices into the program for our First Nations students, it is our identity.