The Australian Curriculum sets consistent standards to improve learning outcomes for all young Australians.
The gap in learning outcomes between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and their non-indigenous peer has been acknowledged and we recognise the need for the Australian Curriculum to address two distinct needs in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education:
- that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students are able to see themselves, their identities and culture reflected in the curriculum of each key learning area, they can fully participate in the curriculum and build their self esteem;
- that the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Culture cross-curriculum priority is designed for all students to engage in reconciliation, respect and recognition of the world’s oldest continuous living cultures.
FISH have developed an Aboriginal and Intercultural Studies National Curriculum which recognises the identities and cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and encourages all students to engage in reconciliation, respect and recognition of Indigenous culture.
Course participants gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples histories and cultures, knowledge of traditions and holistic world views.
The course 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 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people culture and its ability to be represented within mainstream education.