BHP Billiton has provided an additional $10 million to the Australian Indigenous Education Fund (AIEF) for secondary and tertiary scholarships for Indigenous students.
It is part of the miner’s wider relationship with the AIEF, which has already run for three year, and brings BHP’s total funding commitment to $16.3 million to day.
BHP’s iron ore head Jimmy Wilson said the partnership demonstrates its commitment to supporting Indigenous people’s education and development in Australia.
“I have been privileged enough to spend time with some of the young people on our scholarship program, and their commitment and dedication to achieving their goals is inspiring,” Wilson said.
“Not only does the scholarship recipient benefit, they also become role models to other young people in their communities, who can then follow in their footsteps. This ripple effect is very powerful and something that we’re incredibly proud to be associated with.
“Over the past five financial years,we have committed more than $55 million in education initiatives through the BHP Billiton Community Development Program.”
The announcement of additional funding waswelcomed by the AIEF’s CEO Andrew Penfold, who stated it would make a substantialdifference.
“One of the biggest barriers toachieving Indigenous equality in Australia is education – we know wehave found a sustainable, and scalable, solution that works. We’re seeing it inaction every day.
“We’re very pleased to be working with BHP Billiton and, together with the students and their families, celebrating the success we are achieving each year.”