Ninganah No More

Program Overview

The Ninganah No More Aboriginal language program aims to increase the level of Aboriginal languages being taught in early childhood services across NSW.

The program provides an opportunity for Aboriginal culture and identity to be developed and nurtured in the earliest stage of formal education across NSW.

The total program budget for the Ninganah No More program is $500,000.

Objectives

The program has five core objectives:

  • to increase the literacy and  vocabulary skills of Aboriginal children in NSW
  • to support Aboriginal children to develop into bilingual speakers
  • to develop stronger links between early childhood education services and their local  Aboriginal communities
  • to increase and strengthen Aboriginal language programs being delivered in early childhood education services in NSW
  • to support all children in learning Aboriginal culture and language.

Eligibility Criteria

Applications for Ninganah No More must be lodged by an organisation. Organisations who may wish to apply include Early Childhood Education service providers and recognised Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander organisations. In order to be considered, applications must satisfy all of the following eligibility criteria:

  • The program must be delivered to at least one mobile or centre-based community preschool service with a valid service approval*
  • The program must be co-developed and delivered by a certificate III, diploma, or early childhood teacher qualified educator employed at participating services
  • The language component of the program must be co-developed and delivered by an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person who has support to deliver a local Aboriginal language program. Documented support will be required as part of the application process and includes:
    • Proof that the organisation responsible for the language component of the program is recognised as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander organisation (e.g., ORIC registration, documentation showing 51% Aboriginal ownership, or any other relevant documentation), or
    • Documentation confirming support for an individual to deliver a local Aboriginal language program (e.g., a letter of support from the local AECG, NSW Land Council, or other relevant local Aboriginal organisation).

The application can relate to the delivery of the program across more than one service, provided all eligibility requirements are met. Participation of all nominated services must be confirmed as part of the application process. Eligible services include mobile or centre-based community preschools, and long day care services

Application Process

Applications are open in SmartyGrants between 11 April 2018 – 11 May 2018.

The application will require:

  • a detailed statement of how the project aligns with the key objectives of Ninganah No More, including what language will be taught
  • a detailed project plan including the method of delivery, the frequency of the language program being taught in services, the number of children (including Aboriginal children) that the language program will be delivered to
  • a detailed project budget, including applicants contribution or any other sources of funding
  • demonstrated level of language knowledge and ability to deliver a language program
  • the organisation or individual delivering the Aboriginal language program to submit documentation confirming approval and qualification to deliver a local Aboriginal language program. This might include a letter of support from the local AECG, Land Council, or other relevant local Aboriginal organisation.

Assessment criteria

Note that funding cannot be used to replace existing funded program delivery. The department may prioritise applications against the following criteria:

  • the ability of the language program to meet the Ninganah No More program objectives and eligibility criteria
  • the inclusion and participation of not-for-profit centre-based and mobile community preschools
  • the proposed model of delivery of the language program, including the number of children the language program will be delivered to, the number of staff participating in the program, the number of services accessing a program for a particular language and value for money
  • demonstrated ability of applicants to deliver a language program
  • the geographic and linguistic distribution of program delivery across NSW.

Timing

Applications open between 11 April 2018 – 11 May 2018. Applications will be assessed in May 2018 with successful applicants notified in June 2018. Successful applicants will receive a one off payment for Ninganah No More initiatives in June 2018.

Successful applicants must agree to comply with the Terms and Conditions of the Early Childhood Education Grants Program. Successful applicants will be expected to implement and report on programs between July 2018 and June 2019.

Monitoring and evaluation

The department will monitor and evaluate the implementation of programs funded under Ninganah No More. Funded organisations will be required to provide information to help with this evaluation.

Contact details

For more information about Ninganah No More, please contact the Aboriginal Services team at the department’s Early Childhood Education Directorate:

Email: AboriginalprogramsECED@det.nsw.edu.au

Phone: 9266 8215

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