Only One Month Left to Apply for National Reconciliation in Education Awards

 In Media Release, Narragunnawali, News

Reconciliation Australia has urged schools and early learning centres to nominate for the organisation’s biennial Narragunnawali Awards 2019 for commitment to reconciliation in education before the closing date of 10 May.

The awards carry prize money of $10,000 each for the winners in the schools and early learning categories to go towards reconciliation initiatives.

Established in 2017, the Narragunnawali (pronounced narra-gunna-wally) Awards recognise and celebrate schools and early learning services that demonstrate dedication and commitment to implementing reconciliation initiatives in the classroom, around the school or service and with the community. 2017 finalists were recognised for building relationships with their local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, focusing on professional learning and cultural competence for staff, and ensuring that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives were embedded in the curriculum.

The awards are the first and only national awards program for reconciliation in the early, primary and secondary education sectors. Reconciliation Australia CEO, Karen Mundine, said that education has always been key to the idea of reconciliation. “Australians are increasingly supportive of reconciliation and a better deal for First Nations and our schools are critical to further strengthening this support, the earlier we have these conversations the better,” she said.

Reconciliations Australia’s biennial survey of public attitudes, the Australian Reconciliation Barometer 2018 showed that 68% of the general community agree, and 77% of Indigenous respondents agree that education institutions should adopt a leading role in putting measures in place to help improve reconciliation.

Schools and early learning services that display commitment to reconciliation are encouraged to nominate, with prizes including a short film vignette showcasing the reconciliation initiatives in their school or early learning service.

To be eligible, schools and early learning services must have commenced or completed a Narragunnawali Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) and all nominations must be endorsed by their local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. “The Narragunnawali program has seen over 650 schools and early learning services across the nation commit to developing a Reconciliation Action Plan to drive positive, whole-scale change in their local educational communities.”

Ms Mundine said schools and early learning centres should apply before 10 May to be eligible for the $10,000 prize money and the raised profile and opportunities the winners will receive. “Celebrate your successes, challenges and share your reconciliation stories; this is what these awards aim to do,” she said.

Nominations for the Narragunnawali Awards 2019 can be made online here.

Reconciliation Australia, in partnership with the BHP Foundation, holds the Narragunnawali Awards biennially to identify, celebrate and promote outstanding reconciliation in the education environment and to share the success across the country.

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