The LCA has had a long history of involvement in Indigenous education. From 1839, when the first Lutheran missionaries taught Indigenous children in their own Kaurna language on the banks of the River Torrens in South Australia, and provided lessons for the Indigenous children at the Zion's Hill Lutheran mission in Queensland, through to today’s schools where a significant number of Indigenous children attend Lutheran schools across the nation, Indigenous education has been an important feature of Lutheran Education Australia. In partnership with their families, LEA has maintained a strong commitment to providing high quality Christian education to Indigenous students.
LEA shares the Australian government's commitment to improving educational outcomes for Indigenous students by means of the six key priorities:
- Readiness for school
- Engagement and connection
- Attendance and retention
- Literacy and numeracy
- Leadership, quality teaching and workforce development
- Pathways to meaningful post-school options