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Connecting communities through Aboriginal Education

The words of the Uluru Statement from the Heart resonated with the delegates at the Friday Night Forum of the annual Aboriginal Members Conference, especially one 11-year-old boy.

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No nearer to closing the gap

​The defeat of the Morrison Government and a successful Fair Funding Now! campaign at the upcoming federal election will be critical to narrowing the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples across many, if not all, of the targets of the Closing the Gap strategy.

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Award for Aboriginal education beacon

​“Bolted in” not “bolted on” is the catch cry at Briar Road Public School, which has received national recognition for its Aboriginal education programs by earning the coveted Arthur Hamilton Award from the Australian Education Union.

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Programs cultivate knowledge of Aboriginal culture

Josh Brown is proud of his role ensuring Australia’s First Peoples will continue to have the longest surviving culture in the world.

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Matraville PS Bush Tucker Garden

Matraville Public School celebrated the official opening of its Bush Tucker Garden with traditional dance and a smoking ceremony last month.

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Change is coming from the classroom

Engagement between Australia’s Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people is shifting, says author and Indigenous literary advocate Dr Anita Heiss, and the classroom is taking the lead.

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Bringing Country to the classroom

Inverell High School is proud of its Aboriginal Studies course, one the school believes has fostered a deeper and more authentic relationship between the school and the local Aboriginal community.

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The Arthur Hamilton Award

​This is your chance to celebrate an Australian Education Union member who is making an outstanding contribution to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education.

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Relationships the X-factor in Aboriginal People’s advancement

“Relationships, relationships, relationships — I can’t stress this enough,” Federation’s Aboriginal Education Coordinator told teachers at Annual Conference.

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Federal Government’s failure to address needs of nation’s First Peoples condemned

The Turnbull Government’s neglect of the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people has been condemned by Delegates at Federation’s Annual Conference.

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Organising for intervention

​The narrative around teaching Aboriginal children with a disability has to change if outcomes such as those highlighted by the Close the Gap report are to improve, a workshop at Aboriginal Members Conference was told.

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Teachers invited to have their say on Aboriginal education policy

A peak Aboriginal congress is seeking consultation with the education sector to prepare a policy document to present to education ministers at their next Council of Australian Governments meeting.

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Don’t Keep History a Mystery

Celebrating National Reconciliation Week (NRW) in your school or workplace is a great way to be engaged and learn more about history of the First Peoples of Australia and their achievements.

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Aboriginal Conference explores funding and the future

​“Values, visions and voices” was the theme and all these aspects were shared by Federation’s Aboriginal members at their 22nd conference on Saturday 19 May.

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Documentary covers Federation’s contribution to Aboriginal education

It was an idea hatched at an Aboriginal Friday Night Forum in 2015, a documentary tracing the stories of members who set the way for today’s Aboriginal teachers and the contribution of Federation’s long campaign to uphold the rights of our First Peoples and advance the cause of Aboriginal education.

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Your say: Let’s not forget our shared history

Bruce Pascoe’s remarkable 2014 account of how Aboriginal Australia, upon first contact, had a sedentary agricultural economy, even in what is now referred to as the “dead centre” of the country, is a lesson in how non-Aboriginal Australians have forgotten our shared history.

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Students eagerly await learning time in cultural centre

​Briar Road Public School’s Cultural Centre has been a labour of love for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal staff that is paying off for students at the south Campbelltown school.

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Policy gap widening

This year is the 10th since millions of Australians mourned, wept, celebrated and embraced loved ones on the day then-prime minister Kevin Rudd delivered the National Apology to the First Peoples and to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children forcibly removed from their family and community.

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The proper resourcing missing; Aboriginal education gap remains

Three of the four education targets of the Closing the Gap Strategy will most likely not be met when the 10th annual report on the initiative is released in Canberra on Monday, the media is reporting.

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National Close the Gap Day

March 16 marks National Close the Gap Day, held to share information and take action in support of achieving Indigenous health equality by 2030. Last month, The Closing the Gap: Prime Minister’s Report 2017, gave a progress report about Closing the Gap targets on Indigenous health, employment and education.

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Will Pearson Australia follow through on offer of transparency?

The recent research report and media interest in the commercialisation of public schooling have prompted a response from Pearson Australia Managing Director, David Barnett, in which he agrees to the possibility of laying bare all of Pearson’s contracts with Australian federal, state and territory government authorities, which would reveal, among other things, the amount of taxpayers’ money that Pearson receives.

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