The Gold Industry Group (GIG) welcomes its newest member Teach Learn Grow (TLG) in preparation to join forces on a new gold education project to be integrated into TLG’s 2019 Rural Program.

Sponsored by GIG members AngloGold Ashanti Australia, Gold Fields, and Independence Group, TLG’s flagship Rural Program addresses educational disparity by empowering rural and remote Australian students to realise their full potential.

In a one-week program delivered twice a year, TLG provides primary school students with free one-on-one tuition and mentoring by inspiring and engaging volunteers, catering for different learning abilities to bridge the gap in rural and remote education.

“Partnering with Gold Industry Group has been a huge success for Teach Learn Grow. We are grateful for GIG’s ongoing support, which will allow our programs to create further impact in the goldfields,” said TLG Chairperson and Co-founder Dave Sherwood.

TLG’s Saplings Program, run during the week-long Rural Program, includes STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) learning and activities, and incorporates technology by exposing students to simple coding using iPads.

The upcoming 2019 Winter Rural Program will include a Heart of Gold STEAM activity, co-created by TLG and the GIG to integrate information on Australia’s gold history and future into student learning as well as its importance to their local economy.

In an ongoing partnership, TLG and the GIG are set to use their common focus to expand their services and networks across Western Australia and into rural and remote New South Wales.

“The GIG is looking forward to working alongside TLG to connect and educate the next generation on the vast opportunities that exist in Australia’s gold industry and its important role in our society.

“It’s through collaborative partnerships such as this we can make a real difference in our communities,” said GIG Executive Officer Rebecca Johnston.

The launch of the free Heart of Gold Australia app in 2017 was the beginning of several free educational resources made available to schools which benefit both Australian students and the wider community.

Similarly, the GIG recently announced the development of additional gold educational resources for the Eastern States of Australia.