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COGSO PareNT newsletter



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pareNT Page 2 Volume 5, Issue 1 COGSO Remote Indigenous School Community Projects Strong Schools Strong Communities & Parents and Teachers Working Together Welcome to Dr Daniel HoutmanStrong Schools Strong Communities projectofficer1@ntcogso.org.au Working in Remote Indigenous Communities? Need Information on Program and Service Providers? Go to www.ntcogso.org.au for their profiles in 100 remote Indigenous Communities Greetings to all. I have recently been appointed to the position of Project Officer, SSSC. I am a Doctor of Oriental Medicine, with a Masters degree in Counselling and a Bachelor of Science in Education and I have spent many hours in classrooms. Over the past twelve years I have worked throughout the Northern Territory mainly in the area of Aboriginal health. Helping people has been my mission in life which can take many forms. I will continue to do my best because we are dealing with the lives of people, children as well as adults. Our children will be around when we are no longer here, so it is our responsibility to help them learn and deal with this ever changing world. The more we learn about the world we live in the greater the range of choices there are to select from. Education offers the opportunity to walk through many doors and sometimes we need a helping hand to get started. Somewhere along the way someone took my hand and helped me walk through the door of education and I have continued to this day to keep listening and learning. We as parents, must feel we have the power to support our childrens learning, and it is vital that we encourage them as they grow. For some parents it is a challenge to just get their child off to school, and parents need support and encouragement so that they may help their children. With over forty years of helping others through counselling and healing work I am sure that I will be able to assist both parents and children to have a better understanding of the importance of education and the value it holds for the s u r v i v a l o f f u t u r e generations. As a COGSO team member it is my hope that this year will bring happiness and success to all, as we move through the challenges which lay ahead. Regards, Dr Daniel Houtman During 2007, our previous SSSC Project Officer travelled to schools across the Southern, Central and North Eastern regions of the NT, to find out how parents help their children learn, and how they become involved in School Councils and governance. Being involved in this project work, has reinforced our awareness that delivering good education for all children in the NT is a highly complex and challenging task for everyone involved; from a parent and teacher perspective, through to the Department of Employment Education and Training, and State and Federal Governments. From the commencement of the project we knew that we needed to work from a ground up approach, recognising Indigenous culture has its own governance knowledge and practice, and build on that. Our two Project Officers, Michael Duffy and Daniel Houtman, will be working this year with six (6) remote Indigenous school communities across the NT to support the parents and teachers in those schools. Michael and Daniel are currently meeting with peak Indigenous organisations, senior DEET managers and other interested members of communities to discuss the projects and are receiving some great feedback. We are really looking forward to the stories that Michael and Daniel will be bringing back from their travels and we will be keeping you up to date in our June Edition.