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Portrait image of Annie Fogarty, Western Australia, 2020 Australian of the Year

Philanthropist
Western Australia, 2020 Australian of the Year

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.

Imagine book

Annie firmly believes in the power of education. Not only does it enable young people to reach their full potential, it can also help build resilient and more prosperous communities. The Fogarty Foundation, which Annie co-founded in 2000, identifies needs and creates new initiatives in education to achieve a long-term impact.

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 children's book cover a central illustration of a boy and girl loading toy animals onto a boat. The rest of the cover has colourful illustrations of various animals on land and sea.
Imagine by Alison Lester

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.

Coming together

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.

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