CAMERON Thorn wants to impart the best of Canada’s education system across WA regional schools.
The Cannington resident is one of 17 recipients of the 2019 Westpac Future Leaders Scholarships and is set to travel to Canada to study its education system and how some of its ideas could be implemented back home.
He has a keen interest in rural school stemming from his time studying at Curtin University, which allowed him to visit schools from the Wheatbelt to the Pilbara.
“I think they are amazing places for all of community to get together to be stronger, build success together, support each other over new challenges,” Mr Thorn said.
“They’ve all got such unique personalities as well; different schools in different towns all carry individual traits and they’re incredible places of opportunity.
“They’ve got incredibly gifted students, really optimistic, they’ve got lots of different ideas and look at every challenge; they’re quite keen to overcome them and they have a real good attitude.”
Mr Thorn said the biggest challenges rural students faced was a lack of resources and strong local role models that would ensure they would not leave for the city at the first opportunity.
“There are so many opportunities for students from rural communities to actually stay living and working in their own hometown, rather than having to move to Perth and never coming back,” he said.