Community Engagement Award – Iwantja Children and Family Centre – Finalist

Community Engagement Award – Iwantja Children and Family Centre – Finalist


Welcome to the Iwantja Children and Family Centre. We are located in Indulkana, in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara lands. We run a program called ‘families as first teachers’, and it’s a program that really
centres on family engagement, with a focus on language. I love my job so much, I get to work alongside some
of the most wonderful ladies, who are so open and sharing with
their knowledge and their culture, and the children are so wonderful and the families are great. The families just want to come and support us as educators, they want us to know the best ways to teach their children, and so they’re so open with giving us that knowledge. I’m from Indulkana, and I work in preschool, and my favorite part: I play with kids like; The reason I think that the Iwantja Children
and Family Centre is making a difference, is because it is such a responsive pedagogy. So in here, Anangu children are
honored to be Anangu children, and Anangu families are honored to be Anangu families, and you know this is such an important step in reconciliation, that within this community that is where learning starts.

Author: Kennedi Daugherty

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