Now I want to focus on education for little indigenous kids, kids in remote communities who are preschool, the smallest kids in those remote communities, and a new program that has been going 10 years now, is going well and needs to expand. It’s really helping those kids get used to school, get into the system, and have great outcomes. It’s run by the Moriarity Moriarity Foundation, is called Inde Kindie. And Ross Moriarty joins me now. Good to talk to you.
Chris, tell us about this scheme. What’s different about it? We all know the crucial need for education, but how do you do it better and differently.
So we’re a UNICEF Australia partnered early years program. We do follow the belonging, being and becoming national framework, but we do things differently by being deeply embedded within community and our local educators. We’re really knocking some fantastic targets off, closing the gap. So long term employment. So a number of our mums who deliver for us in Borroloola really, really remote, you know, 13 hours drive south east of Darwin. They’ve been with us for four to six years and they’re doing formal accreditation.
It’s really local people delivering to their own children and then locking their own children’s potential.
I was talking to Noel Pearson about education issues last week, and he said one of the big problems in remote communities is that continually getting teachers and trainers will stick around for a while. So that’s an important point. But also, crucially, it breaks your heart. Really, the crucial thing is just getting kids to turn up at school. There are all sorts of factors at play, of course. What are you doing to try and make sure at a really early age, at preschool age, kids get used to turning up?
So we’re babies to five. So we’re really tiny babies and, you know, even pregnant mums. And because we’re local, because we are the local mums delivering to family, then families feel very secure, sending their children to India, Kindi and sometimes coming with their children.
Also, a bit of an incentive when it comes to sport.
We do. And football is something that we pick up after those early years. And in fact, we have footy, which is two to five-year-olds, but we really encourage that. The prime minister is very serious about closing the gap. We’ve really liked what we’ve heard over the last year or so about not just the honorable Ken Wyatt as indigenous affairs minister, being tasked with closing the gap. But all cabinet ministers and assisting ministers.
So, you know, Enda Kenny is a really different delivery that he is so deeply embedded that we really hope to contribute to that policy discussion where everyone wants the same outcome. Right. There’s a lot of you know, there’s a lot of politics and entities involved in all of this. But everyone wants the outcome of better education and we often focus on the other end. But this is so crucial, giving kids a good start, getting them a great foundation.
Are you getting enough support from governments, from communities? What can people do to support your work?
So programs like ours, small bespoke programs that are really agile and are responding every day to how local communities know their children learn best. We are walking, learning we’re not between walls. So typically programs like ours don’t have a surety of funding. So with the new childcare provisions, the fantastic investment that the government is making in subsidies for childcare, unfortunately for many remote Aboriginal people, and 20 percent of our eight hundred and fifty thousand Aboriginal people in Australia live in remote regions in very remote.
They’re really missing the net. They’re really slipping through the cracks in these policies. And that’s where small programs like ours, I think that are you know, they’re successful. They’re partnering with global organizations like UNICEF Australia. I think we have a really strong part to play in the longevity of more locally based Aboriginal solutions.
Well, thanks for telling us about it and good luck with it.
Thanks very much, Chris.
Rosemary Moriarty there is the founder and director of Indic Yindi through the Moriarity Foundation.