As a part of 2020 NAIDOC week we had the privilege of talking to Young Australian of the year, Corey Tutt. What change does he want to see in education? He longs for a world where teachers that never lose that passion and fire that made them teachers in the first place. And for Indigenous knowledge to be a major part on Australia’s curriculum.
2020 Young Australian Of the year, Indigenous mentor, Deadly Science Founder
Location: New South Wales, Australia
Through his organisation, Deadly Science, proud Kamilaroi man Corey Tutt gathers donations of science resources, and sends them to remote schools around Australia.
As well as receiving book donations from high-profile scientists such as Professor Brian Cox and Doctor Karl Kruszelnicki, Corey has raised more than $220,000 to purchase books and equipment to remote communities in Australia.
He is engaged with over 90 schools around Australia. In a recent survey, these schools showed a 25% increase in engagement in STEM-related subjects. Deadly Science has given 28 Deadly Junior Scientist Awards, encouraging young Indigenous kids to follow their dreams.
Corey particularly wants to ensure that every remote Australian school has a copy of Bruce Pascoe’s book Dark Emu – a history of Indigenous science and agriculture – to help educate them about the real story of Australia’s past. Corey’s actions inspire Indigenous children to believe in themselves and understand their environment – for the benefit of Australia and all its people.