Education

Lessons to be Aboriginal aces

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March 23, 2018

Students, teachers and parents came together to learn more about Aboriginal culture at The Flats in Mooroopna.

Shepparton ACE college students visited ‘‘The Flats’’ in Mooroopna to learn more Aboriginal culture and their history.

As part of the Yaka Yulka program, students do a range of activities to ensure young people are connected to country and their education.

Students were taken along The Flats walk and asked to draw the environment around them.

‘‘We’re just trying to teach them a bit about their culture because it is so important,’’ Yorta Yorta elder Uncle Ruben Baksh said.

‘‘This will give them more confidence and skills for the future.’’

Once a week, Mr Baksh and youth worker Ivan Lister visit the students at ACE College and take them out for activities. They also organise visits from respected Aboriginal community members to help teach the students new skills.

‘‘We are using culture as a vehicle for their education,’’ Mr Lister said.

Mr Baksh and Mr Lister are hoping to continue expanding the program to more young people across the Goulburn Valley.

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