A program has been developed to rethink the education of Australian Aboriginal students from early childhood to high school, through Indigenous-led projects that focus on Native languages, experiences, and history.
“We know that when our young ones grow up with a solid cultural foundation, they become strong with who they are and where they belong,” says Ray Ingrey, a Dharawal person and chairperson of the Gujaga Foundation. “It will put them on the right path in achieving any goal they set in the future.”
Six Indigenous-led organizations — including Aurora Education Foundation, Bularri Muurlay Nyanggan Aboriginal Corporation (BMNAC), Culturally Nourishing Schools Project, Gujaga Foundation, the National Indigenous Youth Education Coalition, and the NSW Aboriginal Education Consultative Group — already work to promote native culture, and through the program, they will join forces to better help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children reach their full potential by addressing systemic issues they are faced with. Bilingual schools will be open where Indigenous cultures, knowledge, and ways of learning are supported.