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Reconciliation – Educating for unity

The coexistence of rights is at the heart of reconciliation ...
Gatjil Djerrkura, Chairman of ATSIS (1997)

We cannot rewrite history, but we can shape the future.
The Hon Kim Beazley (1997)

1. Reconciliation – The primary goal

As Heads of Junior Schools we recognise reconciliation as a united Australia, respectful of our environment (the land), the diverse backgrounds of our people (culture and heritage), and the provision today for a robust future (hope, justice and equity) for all.

2. Reconciliation – The primary spirit

It is in the spirit of primary schooling that students learn and grow to be positive citizens, optimistic and empowered within their world and in preparation for the future. It concerns a holistic development of students, their values and attitudes, their knowledge and their skills. Reconciliation is about student development and understanding of and about indigenous issues, culture and history. It involves empathy for the past. It involves empowerment of indigenous students to know and own their heritage and culture with dignity.

Embracing the spirit of inclusivity within primary education, we understand reconciliation is the recognition of each student's right to quality education regardless of his or her background.

3. Reconciliation – The primary responsibility

As Heads of Junior Schools we acknowledge our responsibility to provide education within our primary schools that is in the spirit of active reconciliation, with particular regard to:

  • The curriculum
  • The school environment
  • Resources
  • Early intervention programmes
  • Advocacy for the rights of young people

Gatjil Djerrkura

Gatjil Djerrkura OAM (30 June 1949 – 26 May 2004) was an Aboriginal leader and indigenous spokesman in the Northern Territory and Australia. He was a senior elder of the Wangurri Aboriginal clan of the Yolngu people. He served as Chairperson of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC), appointed on 6 December 1996 to 2000. In 1984 he was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for his services to the Aboriginal community.   Wikipedia

Kim Beasley

Kim Beasley (b. 14 December 1948) is an Australian diplomat and former politician. He is currently the Australian Ambassador to the United States. He was the Leader of the Labor Party and Leader of the Opposition from 1996 to 2001 and again from 2005 to 2006. He became Deputy Prime Minister under Paul Keating from 1995 to 1996 and retired from Parliament at the 2007 election.   Wikipedia

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