Promoting Indigenous culture and governance in the education environment was one of the main area of focus for the WCE team in Tennant Creek and Alekerenge.
This has been achieved through a number of mechanisms including the following:
- Improving Indigenous representation on the school councils – 10% increase at the primary school and 20% increase in the high school. It is extremely positive that Indigenous representation has increased and further growth should be encouraged. In practice due to community commitments, personal circumstances etc. there is often only one or two Indigenous members present which causes them to feel quite isolated and limits effective participation.
- Adding cultural content into the curriculum by running specific education sessions with classes.
- Providing information to education staff regarding cultural protocols.
- Building on educational curriculum and pedagogy by introducing previously undiscovered materials and resources.
- Working on Indigenous workforce development with employers and government agencies.
The 8 Aboriginal pedagogies has been introduced to local staff to develop general cultural values to build on:
- We connect through the stories we share
- We picture our pathways of knowledge
- We see, think, act, make and share without words
- We keep and share knowledge with art and objects
- We work with lessons from land and nature
- We put different ideas together and create new knowledge
- We work from wholes to parts, watching and then doing
- We bring new knowledge home to help our mob