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Cultural learning continues in remote Fitzroy Crossing

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Goodstart’s commitment to social inclusion and reconciliation continues this term with another two educators making the journey to remote Fitzroy Crossing in Western Australia to work for 12 weeks at the Baya Gawiy Buga yani Jandu yani u Centre.

The centre, four hours from Broome in WA, was set up in 2012 under the National Partnership Agreement on Indigenous Early Childhood Development.

It provides care for 30 families with children ranging from four months to four years of age, 70 per cent of whom are Aboriginal.

The centre has been hosting Goodstart educators since 2016, with the partnership encouraging learnings about culture and inclusion to be brought back and shared with Goodstart centres around the country.

This term’s secondees are Takarlya Fraser from Goodstart Numurkah in Victoria and Sharon Maxwell from Goodstart Lennox Head in NSW. Both are excited about the cultural learnings and experiences awaiting them.

“I've always had a strong interest for learning and experiencing our Australian Indigenous culture, and more so recently as I have researched my family history and have found a connection to Thursday Island which I am still investigating,” Sharon said.

“I have a strong belief that we all have a right to be included and our voices heard regardless of our cultural background, job, location, abilities or additional needs.

“I think it will be an amazing experience to be able to experience living and working in a remote community within Australia.”

Takarlya is looking forward to the opportunity to explore Indigenous culture and pass her learnings onto colleagues and the community.

“The experiences I’ve had with Aboriginal culture has been through my studies and also some of our children at Goodstart Numurkah,” Takarlya said.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to learn about Aboriginal culture and I’m looking forward to sharing this with my co-workers to improve our inclusion practices in our centre and community.

“For me this is a once in a life time opportunity to be involved in learning about Aboriginal culture, I think it will be a great experience.”
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