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Student returns from tour
Notre Dame Broome student Sharon Davis was congratulated earlier this year by Governor-General Quentin Bryce.

A university of Notre Dame Broome student has reaffirmed her commitment to providing quality education to indigenous students in the Kimberley after a recent tour of five top international universities.

Sharon Davis was one of 17 high achieving indigenous students from around the country who were invited by the Charlie Perkins Scholarship Trust and Aurora Project to tour universities and colleges in the US and UK.

Ms Davis, a 2012 recipient of the Governor-General’s Indigenous Student Teachers Scholarship for WA said the experience was “mind-blowing”.

This year’s tour included visits to Harvard, Columbia and New York universities in the US, and Oxford and Cambridge universities in the UK.

A highlight of the trip was learning more about Harvard University’s Native American Program, while speaking to Native American people about their daily struggles in education.

Ms Davis said she had returned with a clearer focus and wanted to research new methods of assisting children in remote communities.

“I want to be able to teach children whose second language is Australian English, but at the same time place value on their current spoken language which is important to their culture and community,” she said.

Notre Dame Broome Campus deputy vice-chancellor Professor Lyn Henderson-Yates said the university campus was proud to have supported Ms Davis in her successful application to participate in the international tour.

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