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Reclaiming Identity: Kiara's Quest to Connect with Her Roots

Despite facing challenges, Kiara found comfort and support at TAFE Queensland.

TAFE Queensland’s Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC30121) student, Kiara, had always felt a deep sense of longing, to connect with her roots and culture. Her great grandfather was part of the stolen generation, and as a result, her family's history was erased from the records. This weighed heavily on her heart and left her feeling disconnected from her heritage.

However, Kiara did not give up hope. She began investigating her ancestry and eventually discovered her tribe, the Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island) Quandamokka people, and her identity. This realisation was a turning point for Kiara, filling her with a new sense of purpose and motivation.

Determined to use her education and skills to reconnect with her people and make a positive impact on the lives of young Indigenous children, Kiara enrolled in TAFE Queensland's Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC30121). She was inspired by the thought of providing a safe and nurturing environment for young children.

“There is something so beautiful about being able to be part of milestones and the journey of children growing up,” Kiara said.

During her time at school, Kiara faced many challenges, including a traumatic experience that left her feeling vulnerable and afraid of attending school. Despite this, she found a safe haven in TAFE Queensland and was able to overcome her fears, by becoming confident and comfortable in the learning environment once again. This was a journey of healing and growth for Kiara, and she remains grateful for the opportunities and experiences that TAFE Queensland has provided her.

“TAFE Queensland welcomed me with open arms and provided me with the support I needed to complete my studies,” Kiara said.

“With TAFE Queensland’s support I was able to do face to face, in person classes again,” she said.

Kiara is due to complete her Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care later in the year. Kiara is proud of herself for pushing through the difficulties and achieving her goals, despite the odds. This is a personal victory for Kiara, and she is thankful for the determination and resilience she has gained and has led her where she is today.