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First Nations-led Children's Ground a finalist in NT early learning awards

[by Bill Pheasant]

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The ground-breaking work of First Nations elders and educators at Children's Ground have put them in the running for the Northern Territory Education and Care Awards in the category of Outstanding Achievement in Innovation, sponsored by Goodstart Early Learning. 

Children's Ground chair William Tilmouth welcomed the shortlisting, saying that giving people agency and a voice was the big difference which meant hundreds of children were now engaged in learning who were otherwise being left behind.

"This approach is designed and led by our people. It puts the knowledge systems developed over thousands of years at the forefront and backs that with the best of Western learning methods. And families are voting with their feet," he said.

Children's Ground is a 25-year approach to change outcomes for whole communites, designed and led by First Nations elders and educators. Early learning is integrated in a context of family engagement, new ways of enabling employment and health and local governance. 

Children's Ground CEO Jane Vadiveloo said "It is wonderful that First Nations education approaches are being celebrated." She also congratulated the other finalists. 

 

"Recognising the work of so many wonderful educators and organisations in this important sector is so important.  We look forward to celebrating the winners as the NT Government recognises and builds excellence in learning for all children."

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