The Federal Government is backing a programme that will see students fed and get closer to culture in Wugularr (Beswick).
Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, said funding of $259,392 over 3 years has been made available through the Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS) grant round to Wugularr School Council Inc for a Meal Programme and a Cultural Awareness and Resilience Programme.
“The Wugularr School will deliver a combined Meals Programme, and Cultural Awareness and Resilience Programme for all school age children attending Wugularr School. The meals will include breakfast, morning tea and lunch five days a week during school days,” Minister Scullion said.
“The project is supported by the community and has shown in the past to improve and enhance school attendance.
“Children find it difficult to learn if they are not eating properly and getting the right nutrition. We know kids with full stomachs can concentrate better during class.
“The objectives of the Cultural Awareness and Resilience component of the Project is to increase parental engagement, encourage participation and involvement with the wider community of Beswick, enhance student engagement and inspire pride of the students through the cultural and educational learning of the activities delivered under the programme.
“Topics will include Indigenous languages, basket weaving, didgeridoo making, traditional ways of cooking, traditional singing and dancing, traditional ways to fish and hunt, collecting bush fruits and materials and traditional painting and art,” Minister Scullion said.
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2015-08-17 Wugularr school council IAS release.pdf