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Kids in Action – UNESCO International Year for Indigenous Languages

kia-logo Kids in Action – Teacher Information Session

It was a welcomed way to spend the afternoon, with a bunch of like-minded Educators as the late afternoon QLD storm rolled in.  As Moomba (thunder) rolled across the sky, I was reminded of the importance of programs like Kids in Action and the legacy it supports for our future generations.

It’s been a couple of years and 2 children since I was a part of Kids in Action.  I loved being a part of the magic where Kids were teaching Kids and their passion and drive for learning was unbridled.  It felt great being back amongst peers who too understood the rich philosophy behind this important work and the benefits it brings to all who are involved.

Thank you to the Event Organisers for inviting me back to reconnect and share some of my insight and passion for this year’s theme – Connecting with Country: Celebrating nature’s icons.  Coupled with the support of local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community mentors, this year’s conference is going to be personally and professionally life changing for all involved.

I’m immediately filled with excitement knowing the opportunities the Australian Curriculum and the Cross Curriculum Priority of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures opens itself to exploring.  Inspired by the last two months of volunteering and supporting Bunya Dreaming, I’m ready to support Educators to be able to develop their cultural capability and ensure their pedagogical approaches to this year’s theme are culturally safe and holistic.

It’s important as Educators that we support our students learning within culturally safe learning frameworks. I talked about Dr. Tyson Yunkaporta’s ‘8 Aboriginal Ways of Learning’, Uncle Ernie’s  Holistic Framework developed by highly respected Djirrabal Elder, Uncle Ernie Grant and of course Yarning Circles.  These holistic Frameworks will support teachers to achieve success in meeting 1.2 and 2.4 Australian Professional Standards for Teachers AITSL and the requirements of the Australian Curriculum

If you require support and training to develop your Pedagogical approaches to embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures within your teaching, contact me to discuss workshops that will support you to build your cultural capability.

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Sunshine Coast Queensland