The New South Wales Aboriginal Education Consultative Group Inc. (NSW AECG Inc.) in conjunction with the Department of Education’s Aboriginal Outcomes and Partnerships Directorate will be conducting a STEM Camp for Aboriginal students from Years 5 and Year 6. To commence the process the NSW AECG Inc. is calling for Expressions of Interest from schools with Aboriginal students in the nominated years.
The camp will contribute to creating the generational change required for students to achieve better outcomes at school and access post-school learning and employment pathways, in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Camps such as this assist in opening up careers of the future for Aboriginal students.
The NSW AECG Inc. is committed and actively involved in supporting and raising the academic achievement of Aboriginal students. We aim to empower students to be active learners in their education and training by providing opportunities to develop skills in leadership roles within their schools and communities. This camp will look at opportunities that can inspire and motivate students who may be thinking of a career in STEM or who simply want to challenge themselves.
Schools to complete Expressions of Interest (EOI) on behalf of students hoping to attend the camp. EOIs can be completed through a google forms process using the following link: Forms
The NSW Aboriginal Education Consultative Group Inc. (NSW AECG) is seeking Expression of Interest (EOI) for an Aboriginal Language and Culture Nest Project Officer for the Paakantji Language and Culture Nest.
The Project Officer position will work on projects that will progress teaching and learning across the Paakantji Nest. The position will be based in the AECG Office in Broken Hill.
Essential requirements for the position
- Hold a paid Working with Children’s Check Clearance.
- National Criminal Check (Probity) or the willingness to complete the check.
- Fully COVID vaccination.
- Knowledge of the NESA Aboriginal Languages K-10 syllabus
- Experience in developing scope and sequence of Aboriginal Languages
Requirements for the position
- Certificates I, II and III (optional) in Paakantji Language.
- Acknowledged within community as a speaker and knowledge holder of the local Language.
- Ability to further develop knowledge of Paakantji Language and Culture.
- Ability to work effectively in a team.
- Skills in working with children from preschool to secondary.
- Skills in technology to support the teaching of the Paakantji Language Programs. Or the willingness to learn new skills to develop resources in the Paakantji Language.
Suitable applicants will have a range of IT, communication and administrative skills. Illustration and design skills will also be looked upon favourably.
The successful applicant will be an employee of the NSW AECG Inc. and have endorsement from the Paakantji Aboriginal Language Reference Group or: their Local Paakantji Aboriginal Language Council.
Applications Due: Friday 17th June 2022 (COB)
Paakantji Project Officer – EOI
The NSW Aboriginal Education Consultative Group coordinated an event at the National Centre for Indigenous Excellence on Tuesday, May 24 to launch the film ‘Honouring Our Aboriginal Education Officers’. The film features Aunty Ruth Simms, the longest standing Aboriginal Education Officer (AEO) in NSW. Aunty Ruth, who is also a NSW AECG Life Member, has served in the AEO role for 45 years. The event focussed on honouring AEOs across NSW and celebrating Aunty Ruth’s dedication, commitment and passion for the education of Aboriginal students and all students. Whilst the spotlight was on Aunty Ruth the NSW AECG acknowledges all Aboriginal Education Officers and the importance of their role across NSW.
Approximately 40 people attended the event including Elders, AEOs, Senior Department of Education representatives, NSW AECG Life Members, family members of Aunty Ruth, and former and current teachers and principals.
After an Acknowledgement of Country was given in Cadigal language by Alexandria Park Students, Leigh Ridgeway, Vice President of the NSW AECG, opened the event by honouring Aunty Ruth as the longest serving AEO and honouring the work of all AEOs across NSW. He also stated “I feel the Department of Education should be employing more AEOs in our schools. Aboriginal student numbers are increasing and our students like all students need support. More AEOs will help our students and communities engage with education.”
Life Members and former NSW AECG President and Vice President, Bob Morgan and John Lester spoke at the event about the history around the AEO role, the AECG’s related work and they both acknowledged Aunty Ruth’s significant contribution.
Catherine Trindall, President of the NSW AECG, said that “it’s wonderful that we’ve been able to recognise and honour Aunty Ruth Simms in this way. The NSW AECG will look forward to distributing the film to schools across the state and to support professionally developing school leadership and teachers so that they can work more effectively with their AEOs. We will also work towards increasing our advocacy efforts to the NSW Department of Education to better recognise and value the importance of the AEO role.”
Aunty Ruth Simms closed the event. “I’d like to thank the NSW AECG for putting on this event and we really appreciate and thank everyone who made the journey to be here today…and I really appreciate Bob and John’s contribution and I would like to acknowledge all AEOs.”
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