The Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation’s Follow the Dream Program

Produced and directed by Magnolia Lowe for 50 Kaliber Films. The Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation’s Follow the Dream Program, supported by BHP Billiton in Western Australia, helps aspiring indigenous students to reach their academic and career potential. Hear the students’ dreams & from those who’ve already benefited.

The Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation’s first education project, Gumala Mirnuwarni (Coming Together to Learn), was established in Karratha in 1997. Some 17 years later, it has been successfully replicated across Australia in 26 communities in Western Australia, South Australia, the Northern Territory and New South Wales. More than 642 Aboriginal students have graduated from the programs and currently there are around 1000 Aboriginal students participating in one of the Foundation’s 30 programs.

The Follow the Dream/Partnerships for Success program provides after school tuition and individual mentoring support to aspirant Aboriginal high school students. The Foundation has also established primary school Learning Clubs and Maths and Science Centres of Excellence, which accelerate the educational readiness of students to enter the secondary program.