In response to the concerns voiced by the Aboriginal community, the strategy was designed to ensure that Aboriginal students’ identity and culture is acknowledged and valued and that Aboriginal histories, culture, languages and lore is recognised and prioritised in each school.
Extensive consultations were conducted across NSW in 2011 and 2012 to engage stakeholders and the community in developing a new approach to how schools can work in partnership with local Aboriginal communities to deliver education in some of our most complex and disadvantaged communities.
The resulting consultation report (PDF 925.65KB) includes feedback from:
- stakeholders in meetings held during the development of a Connected Communities discussion paper
- community members, education staff and stakeholders in submissions to respond to the discussion paper
- young Aboriginal people aged between 12 and 25 years during a youth forum.
Connected Communities is positioned within OCHRE (Opportunity, Choice, Healing, Responsibility, Empowerment), the NSW government plan for Aboriginal affairs.