AIEF and Sky News Australia announce new inspirational documentary

[by Kira Spucys-Tahar]


Host Yvonne Sampson with student Aspen Moore. Image: Sky News

In one of the most inspirational television events of the year, Sky News Australia will take viewers on a journey from our country’s most remote towns to the cities leading classrooms in a new one-hour special documentary Changing Our Nation.


Premiering Thursday 10 December at 7:00pm AEDT, Changing Our Nation follows the lives of Australia’s brightest young Indigenous trailblazers, celebrating the power of education and the ripple effect it has on our lives, our communities and our nation.


Hosted by FOX SPORTS Presenter Yvonne Sampson, the special documentary follows a group of students enrolled in the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation (AIEF) scholarship program, a ground-breaking initiative dedicated to giving Indigenous students the opportunity to pursue their education at leading Australian boarding schools and universities.


During the program, Yvonne joins the students on their educational voyage, showcasing how, through schooling and empowerment, Indigenous youth from the most remote parts of our country can take full advantage of the opportunities before them, becoming leaders of tomorrow and inspiring generations to come.


Yvonne Sampson, FOX SPORTS presenter said: “It was such a privilege to meet these amazing young people. Their determination and commitment is so inspiring. I can’t wait for our viewers to hear their stories and see for themselves why the work being done by the Foundation is so important.”


Andrew Penfold, AIEF Executive Director said: “AIEF works to support Indigenous families and communities across the country who, recognising the transformative power of education, want the opportunity and choice to provide a better future for their children. Together, we are nurturing the next generation of young Indigenous leaders.”


Paul Whittaker, Sky News Australia Chief Executive and AIEF Ambassador, said: “The AIEF scholarship program is one of the most successful of its kind in Australia, the results of which can be seen through the remarkable achievements of the students and the profound and positive impact the program is having on them, their families and communities.”


Scott Wharton, Group Executive Program Delivery, Commonwealth Bank, said: “As a founding partner of AIEF since 2008, we know how important the program is in ensuring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth have the right support to achieve their personal and career goals. Through CBA’s partnership with AIEF we are continuing to provide Indigenous youth access to a quality education, with the right support to thrive.”


Changing Our Nation premieres Thursday 10 December at 7:00pm AEDT, in partnership with AIEF, Sky News Australia and the Commonwealth Bank.


Visit to meet the students and watch the sneak peek of the Changing Our Nation special documentary.


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