AS we enter NAIDOC Week the timing is perfect to talk about the Jervis Bay Knowledge Partnership Agreement.
The theme of NAIDOC Week is Our Languages Matter and the recently launched knowledge partnership has a strong language component.
Coordinated by the Guramaa Global Indigenous Corporation in partnership with Jervis Bay Public School and Vincentia High School the knowledge partnership aims to promote better educational and career outcomes for Aboriginal students.
Founder of the Guramaa Global Indigenous Corporation Leon Brown said having the traditional Dhurga language embedded into the Jervis Bay Public School’s curriculum looms as one of the most important aspects of the program.
“It's the core - it's the core of anything and everything we are teaching in relation to the natural cultural and surfing environments,” he said.
“It (the language) actually bring things together.”
He said the arts and health activities are components that lead into learning language.
“We are introduced a language program here at Jervis Bay Public School permanently which does not exist at the moment but we do have a program at Vincentia High,” Mr Brown said.
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Even the name of of corporation is meaningful.
“Guramaa” is a word in Dhurga language that represents “fighting spirit” and it was chosen to reflect the struggle required for Aboriginal children to overcome the obstacles that stop them from achieving their potential.
“Global” is a call for people to raise their sights; to be ambitious – to think global and not just local.
Mr Brown said the partnership was not just for indigenous students and it also hopes to awareness and appreciation of cultural diversity in our local community for all students.
Guramaa Global Indigenous Corporation is a registered charity and Mr Brown spent over six years working on this most modern approach to education.
Being a registered charity people and groups can come onboard as supporters and Mr Brown can be contacted on 0456 203 030.