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ALL Voices: Dr Dianne Jackson, ARACY

My strongest belief is that learning is the heart of alleviating poverty in this country, and alleviating poverty increases the wellbeing of our nation in general.

Dr Dianne Jackson, CEO, Australian Research Alliance for Children & Youth (ARACY)

"Learning is learning to be with others, not just learning things. It's about learning how we interconnect, and then making the best of our interconnections.

"At ARACY, we have this high-level population outcomes framework called The Nest, which was the result of this four-year initiative, gathering the voices of young people. They told us that they wanted to be loved and safe, healthy, learning, participating, have material basics, and they want a sense of identity. That is a learning culture. You can't separate any one of those out, they're inextricably linked to one another.

"With our Nest action agenda, it is driven by the use of data. So, how do we know if all the effort that we put in is actually changing a child's outcome. The only way to know that is by having data that tells us that. And so, what you do to improve education and learning improves health. And what you do to improve health, in turn improves your ability to learn. And so, we focus on that in everything we do. I love that there is actually a focus on data. It's about understanding how all of that fits into a culture of learning.

"My strongest belief is that learning is the heart of alleviating poverty in this country, and alleviating poverty increases the wellbeing of our nation in general. Just being able to make a difference in probably, a systemic way that really actually inspires me."

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