ACU connects cultures with 'Three C's'

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Canberra, 27 October, 2006: Australian Catholic University (ACU) is helping Aboriginal support workers develop a deeper appreciation of Indigenous culture through a new program launched today.

Canberra, 27 October, 2006: Australian Catholic University (ACU) is helping Aboriginal support workers develop a deeper appreciation of Indigenous culture through a new program launched today.

‘The Three Cs: Culture, Communication and Connectedness’, is part of the ‘Connecting Communities’ project, hosted by the ARTS Factory at ACU’s Canberra Campus (Signadou).

The program, which will run each Friday for four weeks, is aimed at Aboriginal liaison officers from the local area and Catholic Education system, learning support assistants and teachers. It aims to enhance participants’ understanding of Indigenous culture and learning, while further enhancing learning outcomes for Indigenous people.

According to Dr Carolyn Broadbent, Head of School (Education) at ACU’s Canberra Campus, the program is beneficial because it "focuses on the development of critical literacy and communication skills, including an understanding of cultural diversity and management of cross-cultural conflicts."

Topics to be covered include exploring, enhancing and understanding indigenous culture and learning, and raising awareness of cultural diversity.

Participants will also visit local landmarks, including the National Museum, the Australian National Botanic Gardens and the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander Studies, as part of their learning.

The ARTS (Adult Recreational and Training Services) Factory is an initiative funded by an Adult and Community Education (ACE) grant and co-ordinated by Dr Broadbent.

Australian Catholic University (ACU) - established as Australia’s only Catholic, national, publicly funded university - is open to all. The University empowers its students and staff with a strong sense of social responsibility and concern for the moral and ethical dimensions of their study and their professional and personal lives.

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*Dr Carolyn Broadbent is available for interviewing by contacting Rebecca Thistleton.

Media Contacts

Rebecca Thistleton 02 6209 1191, 0438 413 033 rebecca.thistleton@acu.edu.au

Chris Veraa 03 9953 3851. 0407 845 634 chris.veraa@acu.edu.au


 

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