21 May 2018
New Teacher Resources to Help Schools ‘Stomp Out The Gap’
The Cathy Freeman Foundation is calling on all schools across Australia to hold a gold-coin fundraiser to help stomp out the education gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous children.
Stomp Out The Gap (6 June) is a day that students, teachers, and parents can dedicate to learning more about their local Indigenous culture, whilst raising much-needed funds for the Cathy Freeman Foundation’s life-changing education programs for Indigenous kids.
To help schools plan ahead, the Foundation has partnered with Indigenous cultural educators and consultants, BlackCard, to launch a set of culturally approved Teacher Resources designed to give teachers the confidence and ease to teach students about local Indigenous culture.
“These resources are unique because they are culturally relevant, and most importantly written by Aboriginal Elders and educators using Aboriginal Terms of Reference,” says Mundanara Bayles, Managing Director of BlackCard.
To access the exclusive Teacher Resources, schools are invited to hold a gold coin fundraiser and register for Stomp Out The Gap at www.stompoutthegap.org.au.
“Raising funds is vital to our work, but it’s just as important that we bring all kids into the conversation to feel empowered about the issue, and become part of our work,” said Cathy Freeman, Founder and Director of the Cathy Freeman Foundation.
Last year over 650 schools nationally participated in the inaugural Stomp Out The Gap campaign. 100% of funds raised will go to the delivery of the Foundation’s education programs for Indigenous children.
“The more schools that participate, the more we can ensure that all children grow up feeling empowered and enjoy the same opportunities in a country proud of its rich cultural heritage,” said Cathy. (End)
About Cathy Freeman
Cathy Freeman established the Cathy Freeman Foundation in 2007 with a vision that is simple, but ambitious: An Australia where Indigenous and non-Indigenous children have the same education standards and opportunities in life. Through the delivery of life-changing education programs, the Foundation supports over 1600 students in four of the most remote Indigenous communities across Australia – Galiwin’ku and Wurrumiyanga in the Northern Territory, and Palm Island and Woorabinda in Queensland. Our education programs support students from early childhood years to Year 12, focussing on improving school attendance, increasing confidence and pride, goal-setting and increasing Year 12 attainment. For more information or to make a donation, please visit www.cathyfreemanfoundation.org.au
The Australian BlackCard Pty Ltd (BlackCard) is a 100% Aboriginal owned and operated business certified with Supply Nation. BlackCard provides training and consultancy services to enable people and organisations to work effectively with members of the Aboriginal community. BlackCard’s approach is based on a number of courses developed by Dr Lilla Watson and Dr Mary Graham, Aboriginal Elders and Educators and long-time course developers and lecturers for the University of Queensland. The courses they developed and taught were core university subjects such as “Aboriginal Perspectives” and “Aboriginal Approaches to Knowledge” both at an undergraduate and post-graduate level since the 1970s. For more information, please visit www.theblackcard.com.au
Stomp Out The Gap was launched in 2017 to coincide with the Cathy Freeman Foundation’s 10 year anniversary. The campaign aims to tackle the education gap from both sides by inviting all schools around Australia to fundraise for life changing education programs for Indigenous children in remote communities, whilst learning and celebrating their local Indigenous culture.
In its inaugural year, the campaign attracted over 650 schools across Australia to register their interest whilst raising over $50,000. All funds raised went towards education programs for Indigenous children from the Foundation’s four partner communities - Galiwin’ku and Wurrumiyanga in the Northern Territory; and Palm Island and Woorabinda in Queensland.