Number-crunching to help country kids

Rural and remote students face more obstacles when it comes to accessing further education and training, compared with their metropolitan counterparts. So when a team of data specialists from Origin’s Sydney office were asked to help Schools Plus and the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) better understand the funding landscape for rural education, they rose to the challenge. And quickly!

Assembled in a short period of time and facing a tight deadline, Origin analysts Tarald Gabrielsen, Chris Weerasinghe, and Lakshani Padmasekara analysed data and provided a framework for discussion at the Philanthropy Australia Rural Funders’ Group. The group will use their findings to advocate for greater impact through more effective rural education funding.

“Tarald, Chris and Lakshani’s contributions were terrific,” said Gillian Thacker, School Relations Manager at Australian Schools Plus. “Their personal interest, expertise and efforts really brought our project to life. They were very patient, and helped guide us to reach our objectives. The data analysis and report were completed in record time.”

"They put in so much hard work on this project. It was ambitious and we achieved a great outcome together"Natalie Egleton, CEO of FRRR

The project was worthwhile for the volunteers, too. “It was a pleasure to provide our help and skills for this project, and it was really rewarding to see the work we did made a difference,” said Chris Weerasinghe.

Origin Foundation’s Give Time program gives employees access to paid volunteering leave so they can give their time and skills to help our Foundation partners.

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