Improving Indigenous education is not secret business.
Parents of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children outline problems and provide answers when they tell their stories, and Victoria’s Independent schools detail how they meet the cultural and educational needs of Indigenous students in Towards Shared Bunjil: Helping Koorie Students Achieve Learning and Life Goals.
Frank personal insights and schools’ best practice in this research study contribute to greater bunjil, a Gunnai word meaning knowledge, wisdom and understanding. Families and teachers discuss the needs of Indigenous students, and seven schools explain how they support the essential preconditions for Aboriginal students’ school success. There are nine bunjil topics that are introduced with summary conclusions, context from families and details of schools’ policies.
In 2013, 109 Independent schools in Victoria enrolled 521 Indigenous students – 196 in metropolitan Melbourne and 325 in other parts of the state. Many provide scholarships for Indigenous students’ tuition and boarding. Some students attend Independent schools through Yalari, a not-for-profit organisation that provides secondary education scholarships at boarding schools for Indigenous children from remote, rural and regional communities.
Learn why strong family support, community and school partnerships, safe school culture, quality leadership and teaching and goal-focused programs are vital for improving Indigenous learning inTowards Shared Bunjil: Helping Koorie Students Achieve Learning and Life Goals.