Aunty Judy Watego nee Newfong Welcomes You To The Nation Of Quandamooka.
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WHAT IS THE MEANING OF QUANDAMOOKABAJARA “Educating On Sacred Ground”
QuandamookaBajara is from our Jandai language which was once spoken throughout the Aboriginal Nation of Quandamooka.
Quandamooka means from Moreton Bay and Bajara means footprints.
WHAT IS QUANDAMOOKABAJARA
QuandamookaBajara “educating on sacred ground“ is a 5 session cultural competence training, education and empowerment program. It teachers you how to successfully embed Quandamooka/Indigenous cultures, histories, achievements, perspectives & visions for the future within your education spaces.
“QuandamookaBajara not only taught us how to embed Indigenous perspectives, it gave us back a passion for learning and teaching again.”
Brooke Auskids Victoria Point QLD
WHY IS QUANDAMOOKABAJARA IMPORTANT
Embedding Indigenous perspectives within early childhood spaces and teaching Indigenous studies within schools is now a requirement. Whilst this is celebrated by Indigenous peoples and embraced by many education services and schools, it has also caused a challenge for many non-Indigenous educators…
Educators have shared with us that they know they have to do it but they’re not doing it very well…they want to do it but they are challenged by:
- not feeling culturally qualified to teach or have conversations
- a fear of making mistakes, being called tokenistic or reinforcing existing stereotypes
- not having Indigenous children and families at their service or schools
- thinking that educational expectations need to be lowered for Indigenous children
- not skilled in how to effectively work cross-culturally
- believe that cutlral differences are a barrier to learning and teaching
- not having appropriate answers to questions or concerns that they may be asked
- and much, much more…
WHAT DOES QUANDAMOOKABAJARA OFFER
We educate and train you in how to effectively:
1. Distinguish and eliminate any hidden non-supportive and unhelpful beliefs, attitudes, habits and behaviors which are getting in the way of you or your service being culturally competent and confident in effectively working cross-culturally.
2. Use holistic planning and service delivery cultural frameworks to embed Indigenous perspectives within your early years spaces;
3. Follow Indigenous protocols to access, engage with, and build partnerships with the local Indigenous communities;
4. Build a culturally safe learning environment and strengthen your capacity to actively increase the participation of Aboriginal children and Torres Strait Islander children within your programs and services;
5. Make informed decisions about how to successfully embed Quandamooka/Indigenous cultures, histories, contributions and perspectives within your daily programs to help meet National Quality Standards and delivery to the benefit of all children;
6. Become part of a professional culturally appropriate learning community designed to support you in building your own professional knowledge, practices, competencies and confidence when working cross-culturally;
7. Provide direct support to you with curriculum planning, teaching strategies, service delivery and evaluating your programs and services.
WHAT IS UNIQUE ABOUT QUANDAMOOKABAJARA
1. QuandamookaBajara is the only early childhood education service in the South East region which is exclusively designed and led by Aboriginal Women of Quandamooka, who are all highly experienced early childhood specialists, and well established within their Communities and many Indigenous communities throughout Queensland.
Senior Quandamooka Elder Aunty Judy Watego, together with her husband Uncle Richard, their daughters Wendy and Nicole, along with Vicki Scott (the only non-Indigenous member of the team), collectively have over 60 years’ experience in the area of early childhood education, curriculum development, educational leadership, and Indigenous Affairs at very senior levels.
2. QuandamookaBajara runs for 5 sessions. During this time we train and support you in a variety of unique ways. This includes;
- Five comprehensive training workshops.
- The 4th workshop is called Bajara on Minjerribah Country and we take you to North Stradbroke Island for the day for a cultural adventure.
- Access to free teaching & learning resources which are specific to Quandamooka.
- Resources are linked to the Early Years Learning Framework & National Quality Standards.
- Membership into the QuandamookaBajara Educators Learning Hub.
- Our model is a unique & supportive way of building up your cultural competence muscles.
- We liken it to the proverb:
- “We don’t give you fish so that you are fed for the day. We teach you how to fish so that you can feed yourself for a life-time…”
3. STARS Institute of Learning and Leadership have a proven success record in the work we have done across the nation working with Indigenous Communities, organizations and leaders. Our “out of the box” approaches to education, training and leadership are highly effective in achieving and sustaining results.
WHEN IS QUANDAMOOKABAJARA ON IN 2019
HOW DO I FIND OUT MORE
- We would love to talk to you more about how we can best support you and your aspirations to include the richness of our Quandamooka/Indigenous cultures within your program planning and services.
- Please phone us directly and speak to Program Director Nicole 0417 888 967 OR Wendy 0413 086 449.
Or stay connected to our website for the dates of our up and coming QuandamookaBajara Information Sessions.