NSW ‘Master Teacher’ Eddie Woo has delivered an optimistic outline for Western Sydney education, singling out the important role of students in unlocking the potential of the region.
The WooTube creator, who has given rise to a new global movement of mathematics fanatics, said the rise of Western Sydney as a new cultural centre for NSW was fuelled by the creativity of those who want to learn.
Delivering the Lachlan Macquarie Lecture, as part of the Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue’s Out There Summit, the online mathematics rock star stressed the importance of embracing and connecting the wide range of cultures and languages found in Western Sydney’s communities.
“Lachlan Macquarie looked at Western Sydney and instead of seeing a dry and desolate space he saw potential,” Mr Woo said.
“There are three directions that we in Western Sydney must ensure we move in order to continue to advance as a community. You need to plant a seed and provide it with an environment in which it can flourish,” Mr Woo said.
Mr Woo told the audience of 300 people, which included Greater Sydney Commission Chief Commissioner Lucy Turnbull AO, Former NSW Premier Bob Carr as well as a host of local leaders from a broad range of sectors, that Western Sydney region must remain focused on education, creativity and diversity.
In the past the Dialogue’s Lachlan Macquarie Lecture had been delivered by NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and former Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull.
Mr Woo said of growing up in Western Sydney, “I learned the social and economic danger of cultural enclaves. Multiculturalism means nothing if we do not connect the diverse perspectives and strengths of Western Sydney,” he said.
Earlier this month, Premier Berejiklian announced Eddie's new role as a 'master teacher' with the New South Wales Department of Education, as leader of innovation for maths teaching.
He joined the line-up of famous faces at the Out There Summit, among them were actor Bryan Brown and sporting commentator Phil ‘Gus’ Gould.
Dialogue Executive Director Adam Leto said Mr Woo, a Cherrybrook Technology High School maths teacher, offered a unique perspective on his unique lived experience as a child of migrants who now works and resides in Western Sydney.
“The Dialogue’s Out There Summit has highlighted the role our local leaders are playing in helping support Western Sydney’s next generation, and Eddie Woo is a wonderful example of that,” Mr Leto said.
Read more about the Out There Summit speakers and award winners on our events page.