The Australian Curriculum, which includes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures, sets consistent standards to improve learning outcomes for all young Australians.
The gap in learning outcomes between First Nations students and their non-Indigenous peer has been acknowledged and we recognise the need for the Australian Curriculum to address two distinct needs:
- that First Nations students are able to see themselves, their identities and culture reflected in the curriculum of each key learning area, so they can fully participate in the curriculum and build their self esteem;
- that the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Culture curriculum is designed for all students to engage in reconciliation, respect and recognition of the world’s oldest continuous living cultures.
FISH has resources that support teachers with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures curriculum, which recognises the identities and cultures of First Nations people and encourages all students to engage in reconciliation, respect and recognition of First Nations culture.
FISH offers Cultural Training that allows participants to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of First Nations histories and cultures, including knowledge of their traditions and holistic world views.
The FISH Cultural Training is a multidimensional educational program in line with Australian Curriculum and Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) standards. The course follows the organising ideas of Country and Place, Culture and People.
Educational initiatives will seek to recognise the inherent strength and relevance of First Nations culture and its ability to be represented within mainstream education.