Aunty Judy Watego nee Newfong Welcomes You To The Nation Of Quandamooka.
WHAT IS THE MEANING OF QUANDAMOOKA BAJARA “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 QUANDAMOOKA BAJARA
QuandamookaBajara “educating on sacred ground“ is a three month cultural competence training, education and empowerment program. It teachers you how to successfully embed Quandamooka cultures, histories, achievements, perspectives & visions for the future within your education spaces.
WHO IS QUANDAMOOKA BAJARA FOR
QuandamookaBajara is for early childhood educators, service providers and schools located specifically within the Bay Islands, Redland Bay, Wynnum Manly, and Bayside areas.
All these areas are located within the Aboriginal Nation of Quandamooka.
“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 QUANDAMOOKA BAJARA 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 QUANDAMOOKA BAJARA 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 holistics planning and service delivery cultural frameworks to embed Indigenous and local Quandamooka perspectives within your early years spaces;
3. Follow Indigenous protocols to access, engage with, and build partnerships with the local Indigenous communities of Quandamooka;
5. Build 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 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 QUANDAMOOKA BAJARA
1. You will be working directly with Aunty Judy Watego, Nicole Watego and Wendy Watego who are Goorie Quandamooka women from Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island). They are early childhood specialist who collectively have worked within the early childhood space for over 60 years.
2. QuandamookaBajara runs for three months. During this time we train and support you in a variety of unique ways. This includes;
- Four comprehensive full day training workshops.
- The third workshop is called “Bajara On Country” and we take you to Minjerribah.
- Two tele-seminars which provide you with mentoring & programing support.
- 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 QUANDAMOOKA BAJARA ON IN 2016
Workshop 1 – Saturday 16th July 2016 “Growing Up Strong Jarjums (children)” venue in Redland Bay TBC
Workshop 2 – Saturday 13th August 2016 “Planning For Success” venue in Wynnum TBC
Workshop 3 – Saturday 3rd September “Walk On Minjerribah Country” (North Stradbroke Island)
Workshop 4 – Saturday 8th October “Community Is Unity” held at Toonginipin Bush Retreat Mt Cotton
HOW MUCH DOES QUANDAMOOKA BAJARA COST
QuandamookaBajara is a three month training program and it is highly recommended that to get the most value from your investment that you commit to QuandamookaBajara for the whole three months. It is also more effective if you have at least two or more educators from your service, centre or school participate.
2016 costs are detailed in the 2016 Information and Registration pack.
If your center, organization or school would like us to customize QuandamookaBajara specially for your whole staff then please talk to us.
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 Qunadamooka 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.