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| BNE March/April 2017

“From suspended schoolboy to educational

pioneer” is how teenage entrepreneur Taj Pabari


pictured above

) describes himself on his own

website before going on to say that he “is living

proof that anyone with determination and

passion can change the world”. At 17 the 2017

Queensland Young Australian of the Year is well

on his way. Inspired by people like Steve Jobs and

Bill Gates Pabari started his first business when

he was 11 and launched his latest business, the

social enterprise Fiftysix Creations, at 14. Pabari

has indeed shown a passion and determination

that most people would find daunting: getting

up at 4am every day to attend to business

before heading off to school – it’s not surprising

he almost got expelled – admitting he was

more focussed on how he could change the

world than on his schoolwork. Now he runs a

small empire supported by a team of investors,

mentors, managers and contractors to help him

reach his goal.

Pabari created a build-it-yourself tablet and

coding kit for kids aged 6 to 16, and through

Fiftysix Creations it is sold to schools and

the company hosts workshops to encourage

students to take an active part in technology

not just be consumers of it. However, Pabari’s

goal is not just to sell kits. He wants to be able

to give children in remote and disadvantaged

communities access to technology as well.

He told

60 Minutes

that as technology took

over the world all children should have, at the

very least, basic computer coding skills. “We’re

doing a disservice to the future of our kids,

our country and our economy if we’re not

educating them properly about how to use this

technology,” he said. In partnership with the

Foundation for Young Australians Pabari and

Fiftysix Creations have so far educated more

than 45,000 students around Australia and

overseas, including Third World nations – their

goal is one million by 2020.

Pabari will join a panel discussion at World Science


The Future is in Good Hands

, on 24 March at

the Conservatorium Theatre, Griffith University, South

Brisbane. See