GANGA Fraser, coordinator of teaching and learning from years seven to 10 at Dominic College, has been awarded the Gallaugher Bequest Churchill Fellowship.
The Fellowship address challenges Australia is facing by recognising experts across fields ranging from education, arts, emergency services, health, agriculture and sport.
Mrs Fraser is one of 112 Australians – including seven Tasmanians – who have been recognised with a prestigious Fellowship.
Fellowships have been awarded to everyday Australians who are passionate about challenging the status quo and making a positive impact on society.
Mrs Fraser developed the Step-Up Program at Dominic College, a numeracy and literacy intervention program where identified year seven students with gaps in their learning are able to attend Saturday school and summer school.
In 2019, Mrs Fraser will travel to the UK, Finland, USA and Canada to investigate educational practices that could benefit Australian communities.
Mrs Fraser said the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity was an honour.
“I feel incredibly grateful and excited to have received the Gallaugher Bequest Churchill Fellowship,” she said.
“I want to recognise the Gallaugher family who have generously left this bequest because of their passion for education and Tasmania.
“I hope my investigations can contribute to addressing one of Tasmania’s greatest challenges: raising our literacy and numeracy rates.”
This year alone, the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust has awarded $3.1 million worth of Churchill Fellowship funds to innovative thinkers.
Dominic College principal Beth Gilligan said Mrs Fraser was a passionate and thoughtful educator who would thrive in her international investigations.
“Ganga is highly committed to ensuring all students, regardless of their backgrounds, have access to quality education, and that schools use the most effective programs to bridge learning gaps,” she said.
Caption: Dominic College teacher Ganga Fraser has been awarded a Gallaugher Bequest Churchill Fellowship. Pictured above with Dominic College students.