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Burraga Foundations MGoals initiative is a free program that supports Aboriginal culture and education by providing local Aboriginal communities and schools with an online website building project and an online learning environment where students create their goals for living and learning.

Burraga Foundation is incredibly proud to now be governing the ongoing sustainability of the MGoals initiative with the support of the Australian Government, Momentum Cloud, NSW Aboriginal Education Consultative Group and Telstra.

Leading the way in support of Aboriginal education

The NSW Department of Education is making available seed grants to schools.

Seed grants are assisting schools to engage with their local community and their local Aboriginal Education Consultative Group (AECG). Schools are using grant funding to establish a Burraga Foundation MGoals community site and to assist with the implementation of the MGoals online goal setting tool for their students.

The MGoals initiative is a free program that supports Aboriginal culture and education by providing local Aboriginal communities and schools with an online website building project and an online learning environment where students create their goals for living and learning.

More and more schools are collaborating with their local Aboriginal community around the stories they would like to share in support of Aboriginal education and culture.

The distribution of the seed funding by the NSW Department of Education provides further impetus for schools to engage with the MGoals initiative. The acknowledgement of the MGoals initiative through the provision of funding to schools bolsters the efforts of the Burraga Foundation, the NSW AECG, the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, and Momentum Cloud.

Tech Savvy Elders are on the go

The NSW Seniors Festival marks a time of year when the NSW Government thanks all NSW seniors for their contributions and achievements. With the number of seniors in NSW rapidly growing, festivals such as Seniors Week encourage the senior community to continue to lead active lives, stay socially connected, and engage in new activities. Seniors Week also allows the rest of us to appreciate and acknowledge the wealth of wisdom and breadth of life experience that seniors have to share with younger generations.

This year, in support of the festival, the Tech Savvy Elders program was launched at the National Centre for Indigenous Excellence on 1 April 2016 by Minister for Ageing John Ajaka. As part of the program, a trainer worked with local schools to support Elders to learn about technology and tablet devices. Training days were held at number of locations where Elders were assisted by students to use tablet devices to record their stories.

The Tech Savvy Elders program was delivered throughout the Seniors Festival with the support of Momentum Cloud, Telstra, the NSW Aboriginal Education Consultative Group and the NSW Department of Family and Community Services.

Goals for living and learning

The good work that Burraga Foundation is doing was further highlighted by a visit from the Governor General of New South Wales, David Hurley accompanied by his wife, Mrs Hurley at Tathra Public School.

It was an uplifting day with local Elder Uncle Graham Moore performing a traditional welcome in language and a smoking ceremony for the Governor General and Mrs Hurley. Uncle Graham Moore also kindly showed everyone around the school grounds, highlighting bush tucker and the newly created storytelling circle.

The esteemed visitors then saw MGoals in practice, with Margaret Taylor, a teacher at the school conducting a goal setting conversation with Gjumurrah, a Year 5 student.

Gjumurrah impressed everyone with her ability to demonstrate her goals and aspirations. She received enthusiastic support from both the Governor General and Mrs Hurley, further motivating her to achieve her goal.

MGoals hitting the airwaves

In an interview with local ABC Radio, Paul Morris, Director of Public Schools, Far South Coast, spoke highly of the MGoals initiative and the wonderful work being done by the Aboriginal community in the Eden area.

The MGoals initiative is a free program that supports Aboriginal culture and education by providing local Aboriginal communities and schools with an online website building project and an online learning environment where students create their goals for living and learning.
For more on this interview see the ABC story here.
 

Personalised learning is key to engaging young Learners

“Burbangana – Take my hand”, a publication sponsored by Teachers Mutual Bank in conjunction with the NSW Department of Education showcased the accomplishments of Aboriginal students in public education in inner Sydney.

The publication was created as part of the then NSW Department of Education and Communities(DEC) Sydney Region’s commitment to building support for Aboriginal education initiatives and the wider education community.

Momentum Cloud, Burraga Foundations technology partner was highlighted along with other like-minded companies and organisations supporting Aboriginal education.

The stories of the young people achieving success by overcoming their challenges continues to be inspirational for everyone and we applaud those young people for their efforts and success.

For more information please see downloadable Burbangana publication.