The vision of the NSW Aboriginal Education Consultative Group Inc. is to provide advice on all matters relevant to education and training with the mandate that this advice represents the Aboriginal community viewpoint. 2015 was a challenging year for the NSW AECG. It was the first year where our funding from the Commonwealth Government saw a significant reduction. Contrary to the Commonwealth Government’s view that we do not provide a service, we have continued to support and grow our network of local AECG’s across the State who work tirelessly at the local level to support and participate in every facet of Aboriginal peoples’ determination to a quality education.
2015 saw our service delivery extended to Professional Learning for teachers and staff involved in delivering education. The NSW AECG is endorsed as a provider of Quality Teaching Council (QTC) Registered Professional Development which counts towards accreditation to be a registered teacher in NSW. We continue to support and roll out Connecting to Country facilitated by Local AECG’s, deliver Healthy Culture Healthy Country and sessions on a number of syllabus related cross curricula perspectives.
To support the teaching of Aboriginal studies across the curriculum, the NSW AECG has started to develop resources with teaching and learning activities. These resources include an Aboriginal Tools Resource Kit, Aboriginal Sites Kit and a Gomeroi Numbers Count to Ten Kit. More teaching and learning activities are planned.
The NSW AECG partnered with the Department of Education Connected Communities and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mathematics Alliance to coordinate a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics(STEM) camp for Aboriginal students in regional and remote NSW. This camp was a huge success and fostered interest in the STEM subjects.
The NSW AECG network continue to play a critical role in supporting access and opportunities in education for Aboriginal people and their communities including holding those accountable who have the responsibility in ensuring those things happen. Our advocacy role is so important and has been instrumental in some of the achievements we have made to date.
This website provides a snapshot of the myriad of activities the NSW AECG is involved in that makes a difference in our communities every day.
Cindy Berwick – NSW AECG President