Instilling the value of education within community

10th Mar 2021

Kurt Beahan is a proud Wiradjuri man, currently working as the TAFE NSW Aboriginal engagement Coordinator, within the Winhanganha Centre, located in Orange NSW.

Winhanganha translates to Think, Know and Remember.

Mr. Beahan's role plays an integral role in being the conduit between TAFE NSW and Aboriginal communities, where his role requires to him engage and instill within communities, the value of education.

"I think the challenges and the biggest issues facing many indigenous communities is that education [historically] wasn't valued by Mum, Dad, Nan and Pop…but now the education sector has come a long way" states Mr. Beahan.

Mr. Beahan was also a highly prized NRL star, being recruited by St George Illawarra, but injury and the demands of footy life left him falling out and feeling without a sense of purpose.

"When I lost footy, I didn't think there was a purpose in life until I got myself an education. That's when the doors started opening up for me."

“For us to…survive… in the modern world and society, we must and we need an education. It’s going to make life really difficult if we don’t have one” – Kurt Beahan (TAFE NSW - Aboriginal Engagement Coordinator)