Commitment to reconciliation starts in the classroom
The Narragunnawali Program includes an educational online platform that provides practical ways for educators to introduce meaningful reconciliation initiatives in the classroom, essential to supporting the growing reconciliation movement across Australia.
In Australia, it is a pivotal time in the nation’s history with Federal Government support for the Uluru Statement from the Heart, the 2023 referendum on a Constitutional Voice to Parliament, and various Treaty processes underway around the country. These critical events are the result of decades-long efforts by many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and organizations, driving awareness of Indigenous peoples’ rights and promoting trust building between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples, for the benefit of all Australians.
Reconciliation Australia’s Narragunnawali Reconciliation in Education project is leading mobilization of schools and early learning services to play their part in the reconciliation movement, and building the next generation of Australian leaders. This initiative helps schools and early learning services in Australia to develop environments that foster a high level of knowledge and pride in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and contributions.
From professional learning and curriculum resources, to a national awards program, the Narragunnawali platform is free and available for everyone to advance reconciliation in education.
How the platform works
The Narragunnawali platform is an online tool that provides practical ways to support relationship building, and introduce meaningful reconciliation initiatives in the classroom, around the school and with the community.
Through the platform, schools and early learning services can develop a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), and teachers and educators can access professional learning and curriculum resources to support the implementation of the RAP across their community.
To date, the Narragunnawali Program has supported more than 10,000 or 40% of all Australia schools and early learning services to develop and publish a Reconciliation Action Plan. Through this work, a generation of young Australians are now formally learning about Indigenous history and culture and connecting with Indigenous communities. BHP Foundation has supported the project since 2017 and has recently committed additional funding to Reconciliation Australia to scale up the program further.
Visit https://www.narragunnawali.org.au/ to learn more about the program and use the resources to acknowledge National Reconciliation Week (NRW), held from 27 May to 3 June each year in Australia.
Narragunnawali: Reconciliation in Education is supported by the BHP Foundation Australia program, working on shaping a more equitable and sustainable Australia through a focus on Indigenous self-determination and the wellbeing of children and young people. Learn more.