RGIT Australia’s Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) students visited Koorie Heritage Trust at Federation Square, Melbourne on 27 August 2018. The aim of the excursion was to teach students how to provide a safe childcare environment for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander children to fulfill the requirements of CHCDIV002 - Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety.
The students learned about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and heritage at the Trust, which holds over 60,000 items in its collection, including paintings and artifacts, books, videos and photographs. The Trust's wide collection, as well as an interview with an Aboriginal lady, proved especially valuable in developing students' understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and heritage. The excursion proved especially worthwhile for the class of international students, who come from a wide range of diverse countries including Thailand, Nepal, Korea, Italy, Colombia, India, Bhutan, Myanmar and Sri Lanka.
The excursion was designed to teach Childcare students cultural competence; the understanding and celebration of others’ cultures. Together, they learned how to promote and teach young children cultural awareness, positive acceptance and respect for others’ cultures.
RGIT Australia currently delivers the following Childcare courses: