2020 Australian of the Year | Western Australia
Annie Fogarty AM is co-founder of the Fogarty Foundation, which aims to advance social change through educational initiatives. The foundation develops and invests in programs that deliver educational opportunities, inspire community leadership and enrich lives.
Annie believes that education and support will not only enable young people to reach their full potential, it will also build stronger communities.
This book was a family favourite and Annie read it with her children many times. It reminds her of the joy of stories and the wonderful world of imagination.
A love of reading
I have always loved reading and I know through my work in education that books, like learning, can open up the world to us. They can take us to new places and enable us to meet people in circumstances very different to our own, giving us new ways of seeing things. Books and education allow us to imagine, to learn and can help us change the world.
Improving education outcomes is key to the foundation’s work and we take a collaborative approach. Business, government, philanthropists and educators come together to create a holistic and sustainable program. Each sector brings strengths and new perspectives and that can be a very powerful combination.
Learning to adapt
As the world changes, people need to adapt. There’s a lot of discussion about competencies young people will need but there are four key ones: creativity, critical thinking, collaboration and communication. If we can help equip students and teachers with these, they will be able to contribute positively and effectively to their communities.
This exhibition was developed by the National Museum of Australia in collaboration with the National Australia Day Council. Portrait images supplied by the National Australia Day Council.