Building reconciliation through education
Education is a powerful force for reconciliation said Reconciliation Australia CEO Justin Mohamed at a launch event in Adelaide yesterday. The launch marked the beginning of the new Narragunnawali: Reconciliation in Schools and Early Learning program.
“Knowledge, and understanding planted in the next generation will grow into genuine respect and opportunity,” said Mr Mohamed.
“Australian schools and early learning services have the ability to build better relationships between the wider Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people for the benefit of all Australians.
The event showcased the resources and services the Narragunnawali program offers to educators, including curriculum resources, professional learning opportunities and an online Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) Developer.
Mr Mohamed highlighted the importance of the RAP Developer in providing a school-based model for action using Reconciliation Australia’s existing reconciliation framework.
“The online Reconciliation Action Plan developer is one of the most important resources within the Program. It ensures all Australian schools and early learning services can easily develop their own Reconciliation Action Plans,” said Mr Mohamed.
Narragunnawali is wholly funded by BHP Billiton Sustainable Communities and builds on a long partnership between Reconciliation Australia and BHP Billiton.
At the event, BHP Billiton Vice President of Community Relations and Sustainability, Ian Wood said the Narragunnawali program supports reconciliation by driving unity, respect and equity.
“All Australians should understand the history of our nation, its first people and their rich culture,” said Mr Wood.
For more information on Narragunnawali: Reconciliation in Schools and Early Learning, visit www.reconciliation.org.au/schools or view an introductory video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQMIN9RSRm4
Photo: Mr Ian Wood, Vice President, Community Relations and Sustainability, BHP Billiton and Mr Justin Mohamed, CEO, Reconciliation Australia with children at the launch of Narragunnawali
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