John Fejo - Innisfail
John Fejo hopes his education through RATEP will take him full circle
John Fejo hopes his education through RATEP will take him full circle – back to his community – but with the skills to help and encourage youngsters to reach their full potential.
John, who grew up in Acacia Larrakia, near Darwin, now lives in Innisfail and recently completed his Certificate IV in Education. He works at Radiant Life College as a teacher aide and plans to continue his studies in 2011 with a Bachelor of Education.
“I want to be a principal. That’s my real goal,” John said.
Once he has completed his qualification, John, who is a father of four, plans to return to his home community.
“For us Indigenous people we have to take a stand on where we are in Australia, to show our own people they can do it too,” he said. “I want to show my little ones they can do it too.”
John was working as a banana labourer and volunteering for one day a week at the school when it was suggested he study through RATEP.
After suffering a back injury he decided it was time to realise his passion and give study and a career in education a go.
“It is important to teach our ways and our culture,” he said. “And the best way to do this is to have it taught by Indigenous people. It’s easier for us relate to our own.”