The Journey to Learning program aims to provide pre and primary school children and educators a sound knowledge and introduction into Australia’s First Peoples and their ancient culture. The program consists of the Culture Box and training that we offer to pre schools and primary schools for their children and educators. The components of the program may be purchased individually or in combination, or tailored into a program that meets the school’s needs.
After traveling around the NSW pre-school centres that Gunawirra supports, we realised that practical tools and guides could be used by educators all over Australia to facilitate learning about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island society and culture.
It became evident that many educators did not know what to teach the children in regards to Australian Aboriginal culture. Many simply had no knowledge of the culture and many were apprehensive because they did not know what they could teach the children.
– Graham Toomey, CEO at Gunawirra
The kit is now being produced by the St Joseph’s Work Shop, a Men’s Shed on the Central Coast of NSW and shipped around the country to educators and children so that they can start learning and connecting to their own culture. All the kits have been designed by Graham Toomey who is a Wiradjuri and Wongaibon Australian Aboriginal man from Western NSW. The kits are therefore an authentic Australian Aboriginal product which has been designed to be respectful and culturally appropriate.