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Naa muru gurung : to see a path for children.
Catalogued from container. WARNING: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that the following program contains images and voices of deceased persons. On container: The inspiring story of Aboriginal teachers and their union. Naa muru gurung Aboriginal documentary was commissioned by the NSW Teachers Federation to mark the centenary of the foundation of the NSW Teachers Federation in 1918. At 3.00 mins. James Fletcher, historian: Public Instruction Act 1880, all children, including Aboriginal children, were expected to attend school. Aboriginal parents tried to enrol their children at school. However, Department of Education had a policy of “clean, clad, courteous”, if one white parent objected to attendance of Aboriginal children at the school, they were excluded. Later called Exclusion on Demand Policy. At 5.34 mins. James Fletcher, historian: In 1924, Ebenezer Dash, President of NSWTF 1920-1922 and 1924, arrived at Huskisson to see a colleague who raised issue of Aboriginal enrolment, and Dash suggested a separate room, he spoke to Department of Education head [Stephen Smith], and put the proposition to him. The answer was that the Department would not provide a separate room, but would integrate Aboriginal children into the white population of the school, if parents don’t object. Parents did object. Parents of Aboriginal children wrote to the authorities seeking for their children to be admitted to the school, without success. At 7.59 mins. Ebenezer Dash’s holiday discovery saw the beginnings of change to the thinking of the Federation. 34 years later in 1958, the NSW Teachers Federation put out an Education Policy stating that all Aboriginal Children should be included in public schools. The documentary is available to subscribers of ClickView. “This inspiring film celebrates the courage and resilience of those who for over a century, have fought for the right of Aboriginal children to public education. It traces the journey from when discrimination, prejudice and outright racism deprived Aboriginal children of the right to learn. It highlights the pioneers whose courage, conviction and determination is contributing to a more equal and richer public education system to the benefit of all. It is a story of the remarkable recent rise of Aboriginal teachers and the community they inspire - the students they nurture and support in our public education system, the culture they share and the positive impact they make to a more inclusive and fairer Australian society. The stories in the film are told with compelling honesty that recall the grave injustices and enormous challenges that Aboriginal people have confronted to provide a better future for no only their children and descendants but for all Australians too." -- Container. Establishment of Aboriginal Members Committee within NSWTF ; 1986 NSWTF Council resolved to appoint an Aboriginal Education Co-ordinator, the first position of its kind in Australia, Tony Amatto elected; Aboriginal representation on NSWTF Executive ; Aboriginal Education Policy implemented in NSW public schools ; Paul Keating, Prime Minister of Australia, Redfern speech ; Review of Aboriginal Education in NSW 2004 ; First Welcome to Country in NSW Parliament in 2008. “This inspiring film celebrates the courage and resilience of those who for over a century, have fought for the right of Aboriginal children to public education. It traces the journey from when discrimination, prejudice and outright racism deprived Aboriginal children of the right to learn. It highlights the pioneers whose courage, conviction and determination is contributing to a more equal and richer public education system to the benefit of all. It is a story of the remarkable recent rise of Aboriginal teachers and the community they inspire - the students they nurture and support in our public education system, the culture they share and the positive impact they make to a more inclusive and fairer Australian society. The stories in the film are told with compelling honesty that recall the grave injustices and enormous challenges that Aboriginal people have confronted to provide a better future for no only their children and descendants but for all Australians too." -- Container. Establishment of Aboriginal Members Committee within NSWTF ; 1986 NSWTF Council resolved to appoint an Aboriginal Education Co-ordinator, the first position of its kind in Australia, Tony Amatto elected; Aboriginal representation on NSWTF Executive ; Aboriginal Education Policy implemented in NSW public schools ; Paul Keating, Prime Minister of Australia, Redfern speech ; Review of Aboriginal Education in NSW 2004 ; First Welcome to Country in NSW Parliament in 2008.