Botoka Motsumi is a migrant from Botswana who moved to Australia in 2003. He studied to become a high school teacher, and now runs the Ministry of Entertainment.
Botoka graduated with a double degree in Arts and Teaching from the University of New England. Now he’s a high school teacher and giving a helping hand with education in Brisbane, running the Ministry of Entertainment here and in the town of Inverell in New South WAles.
The Ministry of Entertainment is about reviving people using all kinds of entertainment like spelling, quizzes, motivational speaking and sports. Inspired by communal village living from his upbringing in Botswana, Botoka is hoping to help people
Botoka talks about his passion for bringing people together to live communally, to share experiences and have fun.
Agnieszka Niemira lives a politically active life in Brisbane, passionate about saving the environment and involved with local radical education groups and feminist collectives.
Agnieszka’s ideals were shaped by her early life in Poland, where she was a part of the Solidarity movement. Solidarity was a trade union which fought for workers’ rights and social justice in Poland during economic problems in the 80s. Despite Solidarity’s non-violent demonstrations, the Polish government enacted violent martial law to suppress the group.
When she moved to Australia, Agnieszka worked as a school teacher and explored the theory of Democratic Education in her classrooms to great success. After giving birth to her son, Agnieszka saw many changes in Australian education and her new role as a mother. She is now a poet and actively participates in Brisbane feminist collectives.
Agnieszka tells us about life in Poland, and how her experiences shaped her life raising a family and working in education in Brisbane today.
From left to right: ECCQ chair Agnes Whiten, Rachel Jacobs for the Greens, Connie Cicchini for the KAP, ALP Senator Claire Moore and MC Dr Lee Duffield
The Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland organised a forum for Brisbane voters to hear what local politicians running in the election have to say about multiculturalism. Some of the hot topics were employment, economy, education and asylum seekers.
Agnes Whiten, ECCQ chair, posed a question at the beginning of the forum for audiences and panellists to think about – is there such thing as an ethnic vote?
After the forum, we caught up with Connie Cicchini and Rachel Jacobs.
Connie Cicchini is the Brisbane candidate for Katter’s Australian Party. The daughter of an Italian migrant, Connie tells us about her family and going on the campaign trail leading up to the election.