Our Story

Who we are

Tranby National Indigenous Adult Education and Training, fondly known as Tranby, is Australia’s first and longest running Aboriginal-controlled education organisation in Australia. Our culturally meaningful Campus has stood on Gadial / Wangal land since 1957, providing vital education services to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Nationally for over 60 strong years.

Our difference is that we teach through cultural ways of learning, knowing and being. Our accredited and non-accredited courses are written by and for Aboriginal peoples to ensure that the content is meaningful to the peoples who study them.

To find out more visit our website www.tranby.edu.au

The program journey

In March 2020 Tranby held a one-day program with funding from NSW Women called ‘Talkin’up Aboriginal Women’s Leadership’. This day connected Aunties, Elders, Tranby Alumna and Aboriginal women from our local area to share space, ideas and yarn together.
Sitting in a circle and yarning about what empowers us as women highlighted a desire for more spaces of women’s business that inspire connection, strength and healing. After the event, our Tranby team searched for grants that would assist us to develop a program to connect young women and Elders together to yarn about what makes us strong, supported and connected.

In late 2020 we received a prestigious grant from the the U.S. Department of State’s Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF) to create the first-ever national Indigenous women’s leadership program. In March 2021 we will open applications and encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women nationally to apply for this bespoke program that seeks to connect, inspire, empower and support women along their journeys to achieve their dreams for grass-roots community change.

Why it is important

Too often we see images in Australian media of our Aboriginal women and communities who are disempowered, who are “victims” or who are struggling. In our communities, despite the immense challenges our mob face, we believe that Indigenous women are pillars of strength – for their families, their friends and their communities.

The Strong Women, Strong Communities campaign celebrates the many Indigenous female community leaders who are passionately creating change around Australia. These matriarchs are our tiddas, our Aunties, our mothers, our nans and our friends. These women give so much love and energy to their communities and work tirelessly to leave this world a better place. Therefore, this program is designed to celebrate, connect and inspire these women. Through online learning and yarning circles it will enhance their skills and strengthen the tools they need to walk the next part of their incredible journey.