Making early childhood education available to the one-third of Aboriginal children in NSW who are currently missing out.
Ngroo's Walking Together model provides effective cultural awareness training and mentoring for non-Aboriginal staff and empowers Aboriginal communities to drive their activities.
Funds raised: $54,315
Ngroo pitched at TFN Sydney on 12 March 2014 to build our their children in education programs and employ Aboriginal educators, aiming for long term benefit to Indigenous families and communities. They managed to secure $54,315 (including $25,000 in matched funding from the Macquarie Group Foundation), with a further $5,000 received in post-event donations.
Ngroo Education Incorporated has spent 12 months expanding the reach of its successful education programs. Ngroo’s work now extends to transitioning Aboriginal children from early childhood into school and across primary and secondary education, while the Federal government is seeking application of its ‘access, attendance and achievement’ model to reconnect young people who have abandoned mainstream education.
In collaboration with local government agencies, Ngroo used the funds from TFN to enrol 55 Aboriginal children in education programs, employ 5 Aboriginal educators and achieve attendance outcomes of 94% - delivering downstream benefits to 60 Aboriginal families and communities whilst providing their own staff with important job security. Ngroo also estimates that the beneficial impact of their programs as a cultural experience has further extended to at least 220 non-Aboriginal staff and children.
Instrumental in Ngroo’s positive experience of the TFN model has been the environment of mutual respect through which to showcase the capacity and capability of Aboriginal communities for self-determination. Pitch training has been used in multiple subsequent presentations whilst the ability to fundraise for social change in a spirit of true partnership has enabled the people involved with Ngroo to recognise that funding as the tangible validation of their own resolve.
Read their Impact Report