Community Services Directory

COOEE INDIGENOUS FAMILY AND COMMUNITY EDUCATION RESOURCE CENTRE –

Contact

Ms BONI ROBERTSON
Phone: (07) 3382 1109
Fax: (07) 3382 1109
Email: b.robertson@griffith.edu.au
Website:

Address

COOEE T Block Metro South TAFE
WINDMERE ROAD ALEXANDRA HILLS QLD 4161

a)      To address the educational and life skill needs of young Indigenous people and Families in the Redlands and surrounding Bay areas;


 


b)      To assist Indigenous Families in the catchment area whose children have disengaged or show signs of disengaging from formal schooling or engaging in self-harming or offending activities;  


 


c)      To instil of reignited an interest in the value of education across generations and involve the input of mature Indigenous Australians who are either, parents, carers, or older siblings of the young people engaged in the program as a result of the way in which the program has been framed;


 


d)     To be a conduit between Indigenous families and youth and service providers involved in their education, social, familial or personal development and wellbeing;  


 


e)      To develop multiple educational and life skills pathways for Indigenous families and young people;


 


f)       To assist Indigenous families whose children have attracted the attention of the Courts, Child Safety or Youth Justice;


 


g)      To be an educational resource for Departments and Service Providers with Indigenous families and young people as Clients.

The Intent of COOEE INDIGENOUS FAMILY AND COMMUNITY EDUCATION RESOURCE CENTRE:

Of great importance has been the increased input of Elders who have been such a driving force within the project. This has been an immense boast for the project for a number of reasons:


 


(1)   The young people have been able to reconnect or ignite their connection with culture


(2)   This reconnection has helped to forge relationships between the young people and their parents or families in a way that demonstrates cultural pride and respect


(3)   It has shown the young people that education in the western world can be accomplished without compromising their cultural identify or self.


(4)   The Elders have strengthened the belief in western education amongst families and parents     


(5)   The involvement of Elders has been vital to dealing with the social and cultural issues that have been presented by the young people involved in the project


(6)   It has provided a service for families and young people involved in child safety, youth justice and the Courts.


 


The second accomplishment has been the development of a relationship between the project and Metro South TAFE and the establishment of a home base for the Aboriginal Education Clinic at the Alexandra Hills campus. This has been gained as a result of negotiations with Metro South TAFE and the wonderful input of Elders who negotiated the use and furbishing of a demountable for the sole use of COOEE .


 


Being able to access a vehicle for the project on an ongoing basis has proven to be invaluable as the Elders often meet with the young people in their homes in order to engage parent, care, sibling support and input into the young persons learning and life skills needs.    


The Elders and staff are mindful of the relevant protocols that are required when home visits are undertaken. 


 


One of the greatest milestones was the appointment of a male and female Elder to develop cultural activities and learning strategies for the young people and their families. The Uncle who was involved spoke fluent language and successfully engaged the young men in activities such as learning traditional song, dance and musical instruments. 


 

Recent Accomplishments of COOEE INDIGENOUS FAMILY AND COMMUNITY EDUCATION RESOURCE CENTRE:

The development of a more responsive and proactive approach to addressing the educational needs of Indigenous young people in the Redlands has been widely recognised by eduction and systemic authorities in the area. This has resulted in partnerships being formed between various industry and education stakeholders and the Elders in more recent times, in an attempt to provide a collaborative effort to address the education and life circumstances of the young Indigenous people and their families in this area. The project is designed to address these needs through the implementation of a holistic comprehensive approach to addressing the life circumstances of Indigenous Australians in the Redlands, with an emphasis on the educational needs of the young people. From the outset, it was envisaged that the program would require a Co-ordinator to pull it all together. However, the involvement of the Elders has proven to be a significant variable as their input has been vital to addressing many of the issues presented. The input of the Elders has encouraged a greater participatory response from the families and parents and importantly, the young people themselves.