During the first full week of July educators across Australia grapple for ideas on how to respectfully acknowledge NAIDOC week in their classrooms. Including Aboriginal perspectives in early childhood curriculums should occur on a daily basis instead of just during national days of significance. With this in mind NAIDOC week provides an opportunity for educators to look beyond their services gates and engage with their local Aboriginal community.
It’s been a week since I returned home from the World Forum in Auckland and I’m still processing all that I learnt, felt and experienced. I spent ten days in New Zealand attending the World Forum on Early Care and Education which saw Early Childhood professionals and advocates from more than 80 countries gather to meet and share information on issues impacting children and families.
We continue our yarn with Kamilaroi/Bigambul woman Jackie Bennett….
What is your day to day role in the educational community?
Part of my role as Cultural Diversity Advisor is to provide support to Educators at the 380 services that C&K owns and supports across Queensland about where they can find resources and information to assist them in Embedding Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and CALD Perspectives into their services every day. Another part of my role is to update the intranet, be on the working group that produced the C&K RAP last year and now we are implementing it across the organisation.
Educational Experience is proud to work in partnership with a variety of passionate and devoted individuals that identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander. We believe that in strengthening these relationships, we have a true, authentic and meaningful understanding of Aboriginal perspectives .