I am really excited about NAIDOC this year. I am looking forward to getting to some events, catching up with mob and celebrating the hard work that our communities are doing. Once again, the National NAIDOC Committee have chosen a theme that I think perfectly reflects where Australia is at with its education journey.
As we are working with schools and organisations, we are seeing a greater readiness to listen to First Nations knowledge holders; more capacity to be open to truth telling; and more respect for the stories of the people who have been leading change. There’s a willingness to amplifying our voices to advance the work our communities have started.
This year’s theme Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up! provides an opportunity for everyone to feel involved, regardless of where they are at with their personal Aboriginal education journey. We saw schools and organisations of all types be brave and embrace change during Reconciliation Week and many are keen to continue that work this NAIDOC.
Our school NAIDOC resources are on the platform now and Wingaru Kids ask schools to:
Our annual Challenge asks schools to invest time in exploring the NAIDOC theme throughout term 3. Last year over 1000 teachers signed up to the Challenge and feedback was amazing with so many teachers finding new approaches, resources, supports and inspiration.
This year the Challenge includes learning about the year’s theme as well as exploring the stories of some amazing high-profile change makers. We also have a research task to explore your local community to identify local change makers – every Aboriginal community has people doing great work for change who deserve to be recognised. We also have a project so that students can amplify change by sharing what they have learned with their school community.
Based on feedback from last year, we have two ways of participating this year – choose your own adventure by using our free planners to create your own path or if you would prefer, use our full scope and sequence. We have put together a collection of resources to support you including lesson plans, research templates, project ideas, videos and a stack of printable classroom resources – worksheets, classroom décor and more. The Challenge Packs include digital resources as well as a gorgeous set of resources that is posted to you.
You can purchase one of our Challenge Packs here.
Wingaru Kids subscribers will find all of the digital resources on their dashboards under the NAIDOC category. Don’t forget to check out the additional resources for bunting, event invitations and other materials to support you.
Regardless of whether you choose your own Challenge adventure or follow our complete plans, you will have the support of our amazing Challenge Team who are ready to share so much knowledge, information, advice and support. Make sure you are following them on social media so you don’t miss their contributions. This year we have articles, Instagram lives and shares that you do not want to miss!
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