The Waalitj Foundation aims to lead the provision of education, employment and business opportunities for First Nations Australians by working together to empower and build capacity amongst individuals, their families and their communities.
Delivered by strong First Nations role models, Deadly Sista Girlz is a culturally appropriate program which aims to improve engagement and education amongst school-aged First Nations girls. With over 1000 students mentored across 18 schools, this program instils a strong sense of belonging and pride in their cultural identity.
The Waalitj Boys program delivered at Clontarf Aboriginal College engages students through a tailored approach led by First Nations role models. The focus is on building self-esteem, pride in First Nations culture and healthy relationships.
University of Notre Dame Australia
Clontarf Aboriginal College have been partnering with the University of Note Dame since 2009 on the ‘My Journey’ collaborative book project. This project involves our students working with Notre Dame pre-service teachers to write and publish a book about themselves and their family.
Underpinning the continued success of this project is the strong partnership that has grown, built on trust and respect. Clontarf Aboriginal College students trust that their stories will be presented honestly and to a high standard.
In sharing their journeys, the students are sharing the important connection they have to their country, expressing and exploring their kinship structure from home, and the cultural practices that are celebrated by them and their families.
Notre Dame students trust in the value of first developing good relationships which then provide opportunities for our young people to share stories in their own way and time.
A project in which both process and product are so highly valued, resulting in a unique book showcasing aspects of our students’ lives, a book to be truly proud of.