In the past decade Koorie education policy and practice has undergone significant changes, and VAEAI sees the current environment as an ideal opportunity to ‘take stock’ of progress in Koorie education during this time.
What. A. Year! 2012 has been a huge year in Koorie education and training in Victoria, and VAEAI would like to thank you - our parents, students, community members and everyone who contributed their valuable time time to helping VAEAI make a difference for the better for our Koorie learners!
The Victorian education environment in which Koorie students are placed is one of high standards and achievements, with numerous opportunities available to Koorie and non-Koorie learners throughout the compulsory schooling years and beyond.
In 1990, the Victorian Government and the Victorian Aboriginal Education Association Incorporated (VAEAI) formalised their roles regarding the education of Koorie people by entering into a partnership - Partnership in Education: Koorie Education Policy, and again in 2001 with Yalca: A Partnership in Education and Training in the New Millenium.
In Victoria, Koorie students are dispersed widely across the state with around 70% of government schools having between one and five Koorie enrolments. This dispersal can lead to funding difficulties as both student-targeted and school-targeted models risk not adequately supporting Koorie students.
VAEAI was established in 1976 and represents the Koorie Community in relation to education policy development and strategic programming at the local, state and national levels. We support the provision of education and training that reinforces our Community’s cultural identity and increases the awareness of the wider community about Koorie culture and aspirations in education and training.
The Victorian Aboriginal Education Association Incorporated (VAEAI) supports the Inquiry into language learning in Indigenous Communities and in this paper provides comments against the following Terms of Reference (TOR)...
The National IECB Network refers to the collective grouping of the six state and two territory Indigenous Education Consultative Bodies (IECB). Across Australia, IECBs are the peak community advocacy and advisory body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education within their jurisdiction.
The Framework for Embedding Koorie Cultures, Histories and Perspectives in Victorian Schools (the Framework) is the result of ongoing research and consultation by VAEAI since early 2010.
In 2012 the Victorian Aboriginal Education Association Inc. (VAEAI) undertook research into the issue of Family-School literacy in the Koorie community context.