“We’re concerned that the full impact of colonisation is not covered in many classrooms around the country, and we need to dig deeper to find the answers.
We are calling on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people to share their experience of learning history through the Learn Our Truth survey that will be the foundation of a campaign to change this and bring communities together.
We want schools to become more culturally safe for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and that begins with a greater shared understanding of our nation’s history. Teachers need more support.
We want to raise awareness of the lack of First Nations perspectives and content in the national curriculum and understand if successive national, state and territory reviews have made a difference to students.
A key objective of the Learn Our Truth coalition is to see Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders have more say in their education, but if we are to have a community-led approach to education overall, then that starts with building shared understanding of the history of First Nations communities. “
World Vision NSW Young Mob Project Manager Sophia Romano.
A coalition of organisations has launched a new campaign to #LearnOurTruth and together build stronger communities grounded in a clearer understanding of our shared past.
The #LearnOurTruth campaign and survey was created by the National Indigenous Youth Education Coalition (NIYEC) in collaboration with In My Blood It Runs documentary, BE. Collective Culture, and Young Mob – a part of the Australia First Nations Program at World Vision.
It was designed to ensure the cultural safety, and emotional and mental wellbeing of First Nations respondents.
World Vision works in partnership with urban and remote Aboriginal communities across NSW, Victoria, Kimberley, Pilbara and Central Australia regions to support place-based, community-led early childhood initiatives, and is concerned that Aboriginal communities don’t have control over the education of their own children.
“Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are 2.5 times more likely to be developmentally vulnerable at the age of five when they start school which creates barriers to quality early learning opportunities,” WVA Australia First Nations Program advocate and advisor Paul Newman said.
Article 14 of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples says:
“Indigenous peoples have the right to establish and control their educational systems and institutions providing education in their own languages, in a manner appropriate to their cultural methods of teaching and learning”.
Mr Newman said that it was imperative to have community-led early learning opportunities from an early age that integrate both-ways learning, meaning education and play are conducted in both the traditional language and English and also include the involvement of Elders guiding learning about culture and country.
“Quality community-led education is imperative, in the early years before starting school, but also as children reach primary and secondary school age,” Mr Newman concluded.
- Sophia Romano is the Project Manager for Young Mob in NSW and is a proud Meriam woman from Murray Island in the Torres
- Paul Newman is World Vision’s Australia First Nations Program Business Development Advisor and advocate and a proud Wiradjuri Gadigal
For more information on the impact documentary In My Blood It Runs, visit
World Vision Australia is an Impact Partner for the documentary and a key objective of the film is to see Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders have more say in their education. World Vision Australia is committed to working alongside Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, families, communities and organisations to support them in achieving their aspirations for the improved wellbeing of their children and young people.