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David Gonski on Schools Plus: “I have great hopes”

Did you catch David Gonski talking about Schools Plus on Radio National recently?

The businessman and philanthropist was interviewed by Geraldine Doogue about the migrant family background that made him feel he had to “prove myself every day”, turning 60 and his inspiring approach to boardrooms and life in general.

Of course, an interview with David Gonski wouldn’t be complete without a discussion about school funding. The chairman of the sweeping education inquiry that became known as the “Gonski Review” talked in particular about the report’s recommendation 41, one of the catalysts in the establishment of Schools Plus.

The final recommendation in the report, it called on the Federal Government to create a fund to provide national leadership in philanthropy in schooling, and to support schools in need of assistance to develop philanthropic partnerships.

Mr Gonski said he had great hopes that our new organisation would help connect philanthropists and schools in need, to create opportunities for many students who face disadvantage because of their background, family circumstances or location.

“We noted that so many schools that didn’t have much money didn’t have the money to get more money. It was a vicious cycle,” he said.

 “They [Schools Plus] will be able to help people to further the cause of philanthropy in education where it counts.”

You can listen to the interview here – catch the conversation about Schools Plus around the 21-minute mark.


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